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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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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 6.5
Country CAN
Position D
Roster Type Junior
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|