This season, Merzlikins are 13-9-8 with a save percentage of .923, 2.35 GAA and five shutouts in 33 games. He is fifth in the average of goals allowed and the percentage of savings (minimum 20 games played), while leading all the goalies recruited in each of these categories.
Merzlikins was drafted in the third round (76th overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by Columbus. He appeared in 210 career games with Lugano in the Swiss National League from 2013 to 19, recording a .920, 2.63 GAA save percentage with a record 105-79-7.
“We have believed for several years that Elvis Merzlikins was the best goalkeeper outside the NHL while playing in Switzerland and this year he has shown that he has the ability and the will to be a very good player. goalkeeper in this league, “said Blue. General manager of Jarmo Kekalainen jackets. “He is fast, athletic and determined to succeed and we are delighted to see what the future holds for Elvis and our hockey club. “
The Blue Jackets also renewed goalkeeper Joonas Korpisalo for a two-year contract extension on April 17.