COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins has been named to the NHL’s All-Rookie Team Monday.
Playing his first season in North America, Merzlikins, 26, posted a 13-9-8 record with a 2.35 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and five shutouts in 33 games during this past regular season.
He led all NHL rookies in goals-against average, save percentage, and shutouts and tied for third in wins. Among all goaltenders, Merzlikins was second in shutouts and fifth in goals-against average and save percentage.
Merzlikins is joined on the All-Rookie Team by forwards Dominik Kubalik (Chicago), Victor Olofsson (Buffalo), and Nick Suzuki (Montreal), and defensemen Quinn Hughes (Vancover) and Cale Makar (Colorado).
Merzlikins is the fifth player in Blue Jackets history to be named to the NHL’s All-Rookie Team, joining defenseman Rostislav Klesla (2001-02), forward Rick Nash (2002-03), goaltender Steve Mason (2008-09) and defenseman Zach Werenski (2016-17).
He was selected by Columbus in the third round, 76th overall, at the 2014 NHL Draft.