Gavrikov scored his first career goal in Friday's 3-2 overtime win over the Blues.
The rookie defenseman opened the scoring midway through the first period, slotting home a backhand shot into a gaping net after Colton Parayko's clearing attempt instead found Gavrikov's stick. The 23-year-old has just two points through 18 games as he primarily plays a stay-at-home role for the Jackets, but he's been excelling at that assignment -- Gavrikov already has 24 hits and 21 blocked shots.
Gavrikov went pointless in Saturday's 3-0 loss to Calgary, but he did register six blocked shots, good for a team-high.
The rookie defenseman has one assist in 13 games played this season, so don't expect much fantasy production from Gavrikov in 2019-20. The 23-year-old, as harsh as it may sound, is irrelevant in most fantasy formats.
Gavrikov is still looking for his first NHL point but has seven shots, seven hits and five blocked shots through five games.
The 23-year-old is coming off his best game yet, posting a plus-2 rating with two shots, two hits and two blocks in Wednesday's win over the Stars. Gavkirov has seized the No. 6 spot on the Jackets' blue line, and while a lack of power-play time limits his fantasy upside, coach John Tortorella is already trusting him with a regular shift at even strength.
Gavrikov won a spot on the Blue Jackets' roster to begin the season, Jeff Svoboda of the team's official website reports.
The 23-year-old has yet to make his regular-season debut for the Jackets, but he did suit up for two games against the Bruins in last year's playoffs. After honing his skills in the KHL, Gavrikov profiles as a sturdy stay-at-home defenseman with the skating and passing ability to keep up with the pace of play in North America, making him potentially a younger version of David Savard. Given how deep the Columbus blue line is, however, Gavrikov will likely see a lot of time in the press box unless injuries open up some ice time for him.
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