Vladislav Gavrikov needed little introduction when he took to the ice Saturday at Nationwide Arena for the first time with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
First of all, he's an accomplished player in his own right, having won an Olympic gold medal in the 2018 Winter Games. Second of all, he's been a Blue Jacket since the team drafted him in the sixth round of the 2015 draft.
Plus, the native of Yaroslavl, Russia, knows his countrymen Sergei Bobrovsky and Artemi Panarin, so introductions certainly weren't necessary there.
On the other side of things, Gavrikov is well aware of both what the Blue Jackets have done this postseason as well as his new teammates, as he's been following the team ever since he nearly signed with Columbus two seasons ago.
Video: Gavrikov comments on joining the team