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Athletic goaltender with starter upside, needs some work on rebound control. Similar in style to fellow Czech, Petr Mrazek.


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October 2020 – Korenar was recently loaned to HC Oceláři Třinec of the Czech Extraliga, the top tier of Czech ice hockey. He is expected to return to San Jose in time for training camp this year, though the Sharks addition of Devan Dubnyk does not bode well for his hopes of playing an NHL game in the 20-21 season. It is no secret that both Jones and Dubnyk have struggled in the blue paint recently though, stay patient Josef, your time will come. Alex Howes

November 2019 – Korenar has earned himself the starting role with the Barracuda this season, and is hoping to continue to impress the big club after a very positive rookie season. His numbers in the AHL aren’t exactly a model of consistency, but his two shutouts in seven starts are sure to have caught the attention of the Sharks front office. If Korenar can settle into his starting role nicely and begin putting up consistent numbers, don’t be surprised to see him earn a few games in the NHL. Fans and fantasy owners should keep an eye on the young Czech, who might become the answer to San Jose’s goalie woes sooner than expected. Alex Howes

June 2019 – Korenar had a great start to the AHL season, leading to his selection as an AHL All-Star. His play leveled out over the remainder of the season, however this was still a promising first professional year for the Czech goaltender. Sharing the Barracuda crease this season with AHL veteran Antoine Bibeau, Korenar more than held his own. With the struggles of both Dell and Jones at the NHL level, there were even some calls to get Korenar into an NHL game. Expect Korenar to get the bulk of the starts for the Barracuda next season and possibly get into an NHL game or two. Chris Legg

November 2018 – Korenar was named first star for the Barracuda in a game against the Stockton Heat after stopping 30 of 32 shots, earning the win for San Jose. Korenar is having an excellent debut season in the AHL posting a GAA of 2.09 and a SV% of .927, he’s earned more starts than projected in the pre-season. The Barracuda now appear to have the luxury of two quality AHL goaltenders in Korenar and Bibeau, we can expect to see Korenar continue to get his fair share of the workload. At just 20 years old, Korenar has the higher upside of the two, so keep an eye on him as he could be the heir apparent to Martin Jones in San Jose. Chris Legg


August 2018 – Josef Korenar raised some eyebrows at the 2018 World Junior Championship where he made 51 saves in the quarterfinal for the Czech, upsetting team Finland. Ultimately Korenar and the Czech were unable to get past team Canada in the semi-final, but it was an outstanding tournament for the goaltender none the less. In a surprise to nobody, Korenar was named one of three top players for the Czech team. Korenar put up good numbers in the Czech league this past season, where he was playing on loan from the Sharks. He’s expected to backup Antoine Bibeau in the AHL this season and some AHL starts will be a huge step in Korenar’s development. Korenar should still be considered a few years away from the NHL, but he has starter potential down the road. Chris Legg


July 2017 – The Sharks signed USHL goalie Josef Korenar to a three-year entry-level contract in a somewhat surprising move. The average-sized Czech goalie appeared in 32 games with the Lincoln Stars and posted a solid stat line: 2.22 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage in his first year in North America.

The Sharks have loaned Korenar, who was the most impressive goalie at the prospect scrimmage this summer, to HC Dukla Jihlava, where he played his youth hockey back in the Czech Republic. Zachary DeVine

Fantasy Upside 7.0
NHL Certainty 5.5
Country CZE
Position G
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth January 31, 1998
Height 6‘01”
Weight 172 lbs
Drafted No


 Season Team League GP GAA SVS%      Playoffs GP GAA SVS%
 2012-2013 HC Dukla Jihlava U16Czech U1614 3.41 .901|      
  Kraj Vysocina U15MMCR1 4.00 .750|      
 2013-2014 HC Dukla Jihlava U16Czech U1622 1.96 .932|Playoffs4 3.00 .852
  HC Dukla Jihlava U18Czech U181 4.00 .909|      
  Czech Republic U16 (all)International-Jr4 3.99 .860|      
 2014-2015 HC Dukla Jihlava U18Czech U1823 2.25 .920|Playoffs2 2.52 .922
  HC Dukla Jihlava U20Czech U205 4.53 .887|Relegation1 5.00 .881
  Czech Republic U17EYOF2 3.15 .833|      
  Czech Republic U17 (all)International-Jr13 2.57 .918|      
 2015-2016 HC Dukla Jihlava U18Czech U183 2.00 .924|      
  HC Dukla Jihlava U20Czech U2024 3.28 .900|Playoffs3 3.02 .926
  Czech Republic U18Hlinka Gretzky Cup2 3.52 .881|      
  Czech Republic U19WJAC-192 5.00 .833|      
  Czech Republic U18WJC-185 3.97 .881|      
  Czech Republic U18 (all)International-Jr17 3.42 .893|      
 2016-2017 Lincoln StarsUSHL32 2.22 .925|      
 2017-2018 HC Dukla JihlavaCzech9 2.19 .920|Relegation4 1.46 .953
  HC Dukla JihlavaCzech Q- - -|Qualification9 1.76 .922
  HC Benatky nad JizerouCzech222 3.44 .908|      
  Czech Republic U20WJC-206 4.49 .879|      
  Czech Republic U20 (all)International-Jr13 3.67 .869|      
 2018-2019 San Jose BarracudaAHL34 2.54 .911|Playoffs4 3.45 .898
 2019-2020 San Jose BarracudaAHL33 3.11 .891|      
 2020-2021 HC Ocelari TrinecCzech1 2.18 .900|