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Fantasy Summary

He projects to be a stay-at-home defender that could produce peripheral stats in multi-category league settings. However, he possesses all of the tools to eventually put up decent numbers if he continues his current trajectory.


Observations

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July 2023 – The confident 22-year-old Korczak will enter 2023-24 as a familiar face for Vegas fans, having suited up for his NHL debut back in 2021-22 and appearing in ten contests this past year. Putting up 60 PIMS in 50 games played with AHL Henderson, Korczak has become a harder player to play against since turning pro, which has helped him to make the jump to spot duty in the NHL. Expect to see Korczak get another year spent largely in Henderson given Vegas’s depth on the blueline, but he should again see call-up time as he has proven ready for a lower leverage NHL shutdown role. Taylor Davis

 

January 2022 – Following his silver medal performance with Team Canada in the World Junior Championships, and 11-game professional debut with Vegas’ AHL affiliate in Henderson during the 2020-21 campaign, 2021-22 has been less than stellar for Korczak. A few weeks short of his 21st birthday and currently assigned Henderson, he hasn’t seen ice time for the Sliver Knights since mid-November. During a ten-game, early season span, the Yorkton, Saskatchewan native registered a goal and an assist on 13 shots, and earned a three-game call-up to Vegas without appearing in an NHL contest, but appears to currently be working on his game during practice instead of in AHL play. At his young age, Vegas’ 2019 second round draft selection (41st overall) and still promising blue line prospect has plenty of time to develop, but it is a bit disconcerting that none of that time is coming during actual game play. Kevin Wickersham

 

March 2020 – Korczak has all the physical attributes to become a NHL defenseman, but it appears something is not clicking. He is a right-handed shot, who plays both sides. He is big, skates and moves well, but his decision making with and without the puck is suspect. He loses his coverage while defending the rush, often drifting towards the puck carrier while allowing the weak side forward to sneak behind him. Korczak has made some poor decisions with the puck, often throwing hope passes up the middle that are intercepted. He is counted on in all situations but his compete level needs to increase to warrant his usage. He just turned 19 in January, which gives the Vegas staff plenty of time to mold him into a NHL defenseman. Danny McGillicuddy 

 

June 2019 – Korczak was selected 41st overall by the Vegas Golden Knights in the second round of the 2019 NHL Draft. He’s an intelligent two-way defender that provides quick transition to support teammates based on his excellent skating with a big frame. Although Korczak put up respectable numbers for a draft eligible defenseman playing for the Kelowna Rockets, he was regarded as one of the best one-on-one defenders heading into the draft. It’s this complimentary style of play that had him fly under the radar because his point potential wasn’t as high as some other prospects picked right before him in the draft. He won’t ever run a power play at the NHL level, but he’ll allow another defender to run rickshaw at even strength, and pick up points along the way. Mason Black

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 5.0
NHL Certainty 8.5
Country CAN
Position D
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth January 29, 2001
Height 6‘2”
Weight 192 lbs
Drafted 2019 Round 2; Overall: 41

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 Yorkton Terriers PWQC Int PW2 0 00 0|        
 2014-2015 Yorkton Terriers U15 AASAAHL U1523 7 1017 14|Playoffs9 2 24
 2015-2016 Yorkton Maulers U18 AAASMAAAHL42 2 1315 36|Playoffs5 0 11 16 
 2016-2017 Yorkton Maulers U18 AAASMAAAHL42 11 1829 62|Playoffs7 3 25 20 
  Kelowna RocketsWHL4 0 00 0|Playoffs5 0 00
  Team Saskatchewan WCCC-165 1 34 6|        
 2017-2018 Team Blue U17-Dev3 1 12 0|        
  Kelowna RocketsWHL67 3 1316 44|Playoffs4 1 34
  Canada Black U17WHC-175 0 11 2|        
 2018-2019 Kelowna RocketsWHL68 4 2933 64|        
  Canada U18WJC-187 0 11 4|        
  Canada U18Hlinka Gretzky Cup5 0 33 8|        
 2019-2020 Kelowna RocketsWHL60 11 3849 27|        
  WHL All-StarsJr Super Series2 0 00 0|        
 2020-2021 Kelowna RocketsWHL15 3 58 23|        
  Henderson Silver KnightsAHL11 0 22 8|Playoffs5 1 01
  Canada U20WJC-207 0 11 2|        
 2021-2022 Vegas Golden KnightsNHL1 0 00 0|        
  Henderson Silver KnightsAHL47 2 1214 28|Playoffs2 0 00 12 
 2022-2023 Vegas Golden KnightsNHL10 0 22 0|        
  Henderson Silver KnightsAHL50 4 1014 60|        
 2023-2024 Vegas Golden KnightsNHL26 1 89 8|        
  Henderson Silver KnightsAHL9 0 44 12|        

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