Vladislav Gavrikov Has Proven To Be A Steadly Important Player For The Columbus Blue Jackets

By Will Chase on January 7, 2022 at 1:45 pm
Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov checks San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl in the third period at Nationwide Arena.
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What a nice addition this 2015, sixth round draft pick turned out to be.

Vladislav Gavrikov is in the middle of another nice season for the Columbus Blue Jackets and has proven to be a steadily important piece over his brief tenure.

Currently second among defensemen on the team with 16 points, he has as many assists (14) as Zach Werenski, and four fewer goals (two).

He picked up his career-high 14th assist (three-way tie for second-most on the team) on Thursday night against the New Jersey Devils. He also leads the team with 14 even-strength assists.

The scoring play started with a created turnover by Gavrikov as the Blue Jackets regained possession in their own end. 

Going up the ice into Devils territory, Max Domi wound up with the puck and dished it off to Cole Sillinger along the boards. Credit to Sillinger, who picked up a secondary assist on the play, as he got the puck out to Gavrikov before absorbing a hit.

As Domi kept driving to the net, Gavrikov shot the puck on goal at Mackenzie Blackwood, ultimately finding Domi in the right spot on the doorstep of the net as he jammed in the rebound for the game-tying first period goal.

The play was a thing of beauty, a highlight sequence play and resulting goal which feels like a sort of rarity among the Blue Jackets of late. 

For the game, Gavrikov had one assist, three shots on goal, and two blocked shots (second on the team with 51), one of which specifically left him hurting a little bit. He played 22:08.