Elvis Merzlikins, Seth Jones, and Zach Werenski Have Their Outstanding Seasons Recognized by The NHL Awards

By Jacob Nitzberg on September 22, 2020 at 8:05 am
Feb 18, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski (8) reaches for the puck in front of goaltender Elvis Merzlikins (90) against the Philadelphia Flyers during the second period during the first period at Wells Fargo Center.
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Raise your hand if you saw Elvis Merzlikins getting Vezina Trophy votes this season.

If you have your hand up, you should probably play the lottery. 

In the Latvian's first season in the NHL, he overcame a rough start and became a brick wall in net. Merzlikins finished the campaign with a 13-9-8 record, a 2.35 GAA, and a .923 save percentage. 

His performance was good enough to earn him fifth place in Vezina Trophy voting:

He also came fifth in Calder Trophy voting:

Finally, he was named to the All-Rookie team:

It wasn't just Merzlikins getting some love. Defensemen Seth Jones and Zach Werenski were recognized as well. 

Werenski finished eighth in Norris Trophy voting, while Jones finished tied for 11th (!!). If Jones is able to stay healthy next year, he should have a good shot at taking the trophy home. Although he was injured for a good portion of the year, looking at this list and seeing some of the names that are above him makes you shake your head.

There you have it. While the Blue Jackets didn't win any awards this year, it was still good to see Merzlikins, Werenski, and Jones get recognized for their seasons.