Joonas Korpisalo

Kevin Wickersham

2018-03-11

Korpisalo

Joonas Korpisalo, G

Shoots: L

Height: 6-2

Weight: 168

Born: 1994-04-28

Hometown: Pori, Finland

Drafted: 2012 by Columbus, 62nd overall

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

March 2018 – Korpisalo saw rare back-to-back NHL starts this past week with top CBJ netminder Sergei Bobrovsky missing time due to illness. He netted two wins as well, holding the high-powered Vegas squad to just one goal and prevailing in a high-scoring overtime affair, yielding four goals to Colorado two nights later. In 14 starts he has put up some ugly peripherals (3.19 GAA , .902 SV%) yet managed a 7-7-0 record while being used sporadically. Kevin Wickersham

December 2017 – Continuing to fill the number two slot in Columbus with sporadic trips to the AHL to stay sharp, Korpisalo has won his last three big league starts with a .939 save percentage and goals-against under 2.00. But that's all the NHL work he's had over the past six weeks other than one period of relief duty. With 50 starts on his resume and 16-11-4, 2.60, .920 numbers in the campaign before last, one wonders how the 23-year-old might fare with a true starting gig. Barring a Bobrovsky injury, that's just not going to happen in Columbus. Kevin Wickersham.

October 2017 – Much like last year, Korpisalo has thus far had mixed results allowing five goals in an opening-week loss to Chicago while holding Winnipeg to two goals 10 days later and emerging with a 5-2 victory. Surely skewed by a short sample size, his peripherals don't look good with an .873 save percentage and 3.50 goals-against. Coming off a year in which his .905 save percentage and 2.88 goals-against were achieved backing Columbus' winningest team ever, he'll hope things change before long. If not he risks being passed on the org chart by one of the plenitiful goalie prospects in the Blue Jacket pipeline. Kevin Wickersham

August 2017 – Korpisalo inked a two-year extension with Columbus to presumably continue as Vezina-winner Sergei Bobrovsky’s understudy. He will be paid $700,000 in 2017-18 and $1.1 million in 2018-19. Kevin Wickersham

June 2017 – Seeing Korpisalo in North America for the 2015-16 campaign was a surprise, as he still had one more year on his Finnish contract. It appears that it was well worth the trip across the pond, as Korpisalo put up some nice numbers in the AHL; 8-8-2, with a .913 save percentage and a 2.36 GAA. He also appeared with Columbus, putting up similar numbers; 16-11-4, a .920 save percentage and a 2.60 GAA.

Jumping ahead to the 2016-17 season, we see the AHL numbers looking like this: 7-6-2, .907 save percentage and a 2.69 GAA. Korpisalo did not see as much time in the NHL, putting up a 7-5-1 record, .905 save percentage, and a 2.88 GAA.

I think it is safe to say that the potential is there. While there is a small drop in the numbers, it could be explained simply as adjusting his style to the North American game. Look for Korpisalo to continue to improve as he settles into the North American