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Merzlikins becomes the first Latvian hockey player to be included in the NHL debut team

The first symbolic selection of the season also includes defenders Queens Hughes (Vancouver “Canucks”) and Keil Macar (Colorado’s “Avalanche”), as well as strikers Dominic Kubalik (Chicago “Blackhawks”), Victor Buffalo (Buffalo “Sabers”) and Nick Sazaki (Montreal). “Canadiens”).

Makars was recognized as the best debutant in the league by receiving the Caldera Award.

In his debut season, Merzlikkin conceded an average of 2.35 discs in 33 matches and repelled 92.3% of the litters, remaining “dry” five times. Among the debutants, he was the league’s best goalkeeper in these stats, but overall the NHL was in the top five in all three.

In January, Merzlikins won eight games in ten games, averaging 1.72 puck in the match and repelling 94.8% of opponents’ throws, as well as defending his “fortress” three times. This month, he also claimed the title of best player in the league.

After a great performance in January, the goalkeeper was the leader in the “dry” games for a while, being able to protect his goal intact five times.

During the eight-win series, he conceded an average of 1.00 puck in the game and defeated 96.7%. He is only the sixth goalkeeper in NHL history to score five “dry” wins in eight or fewer games.

Last time, one of the Blue Jackets hockey players was included in the symbolic top five three years ago, when Zek Verensky earned the honor. Merzlikkin is the second goalkeeper of the Columbus team to be in this team – in the 2008/2009 season Steve Mason was voted.

Merzlikkin received 92 votes in the vote of the Association of Professional Hockey Journalists. Among the goalkeepers, McCenzy Blackwood (Devils of New Jersey) had 75 votes, and Ilya Samsonov (Capitals of Washington) had three votes.

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