Merzlikins is the fifth Blue Jackets to be named to the All-Rookie team. Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins was named to the NHL's All-Rookie Team on Monday. Merzlikins posted a 13-9-8 record with a 2.35 goal-against average, .
But perhaps the most impressive part of Merzlikins' debut season in the NHL was how he was able to brush off a difficult start, one that could have forever ruined the confidence of a young goalie, to turn in one of the best sustained runs of goaltending in team history. Buoyed by a stalwart defense, Merzlikins was dominant during a midseason run that pushed the Blue Jackets back into Stanley Cup Playoffs contention.
On rare occasions when that glacier cracks, you can almost hear it, maybe just a little bit. It might have happened Friday, when Kekalainen was asked whether he was looking to "shake up the draft floor." The question was half cheeky.