Joonas Korpisalo
Image: Jokerit

Joonas Korpisalo

Hometown:

Pori Finland

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1994-04-28

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2012

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

2012

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

3rd round (62nd overall), 2012

Weight:

186 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2009-10: Joonas Korpisalo skated for Jokerit’s U16 team in Finland’s top division after playing his earlier youth hockey with the Karhu-Kissat club. In 22 games he was 13-4 with one shutout and had a 2.28 goals against and .930 save percentage. Jokerit won the U16 championship and in 13 playoff games Karpisalo was 9-4 with 1 shutout and had a 2.58 goals against and .937 save percentage.

2010-11: Korpisalo played with Jokerit’s U18 team in his second season with the club and skated in two games for Finland’s U17 team in international play. Korpisalo appeared in 23 games and in 15 starts was 13-2 with a 2.55 save percentage and .924 goals against. Jokerit reached the U18 bronze medal game and in nine playoff games Korpisalo was 5-3 with 2.87 goals against and .916 save percentage. In two games with Finland’s U17 team he had a 1.46 goals against and .914 save percentage.

2011-12: Korpisalo was the starting goalie for Jokerit’s U20 team and handled the bulk of the goaltending for Finland at the 2012 U18 World Junior Championship. Korpisalo received the Jorma Valtonen Award as the best goalie in Finnish junior hockey. In 45 games he was 28-11 with 4 shutouts and had a 2.04 goals against and .920 save percentage. Jokerit finished first in the regular season and reached the playoff championship series. Edmonton prospect Frans Tuohimaa handled the bulk of the goaltending in the playoffs as Jokerit finished second. In four starts Korpisalo was 3-1 with 1 shutout and had a1.77 goals against and .927 save percentage. Korpisalo was 3-3 with one shutout and had a 3.02 goals against and .902 save percentage in seven games for fourth-place Finland at the U18 WJC. He was invited to the NHL Draft Combine and ranked third amongst European goaltenders in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft.

2012-13: Korpisalo, selected by Prince George in the first round of the CHL Import Draft, returned to Jokerit to work with goaltending coach Markus Ketterer. He made one appearance in the SM-Liiga and split the season between Kiekko-Vantaa in Mestis and Jokerit’s U20 team. Korpisalo was the starting goaltender for Finland’s U20 team at the 2013 World Junior Championship. In 18 games for Kiekko-Vantaa he posted a 2.71 goals against and .900 save percentage. He played 13 games for Jokerit’s U20 team and finished with a 2.67 goals against and .914 save percentage on a team that missed the playoffs. Finland got off to a slow start at the WJC, ending up in the relegation round. Korpisalo’s numbers were not impressive, he was 3-2 with a 3.36 goals against and .858 save percentage, but he kept the team in games at times – particularly against the Czech Republic and Switzerland. In the latter game he stopped all five shots in the shootout.

2013-14: Korpisalo battled through injury and adversity as a 19-year-old — playing at three different levels of hockey in Finland. He played his best hockey at the end of the year on loan to Ilves. Playing for one of the weaker teams in Finland’s Liiga, he had a 1.42 goals against and .957 save percentage. He played one game early in the year with Jokerit — allowing three goals on 13 shots before being replaced by Leland Irving in the second period of a 3-0 loss to JyP. Korpisalo played six games in Mestis between Kiekko-Vantaa and also played for the Ilves and Jokerit junior teams. An early season injury kept him out of contention for a spot with Finland at the 2014 World Junior Championship; where Juuse Saros (NSH) led the team to a gold medal.  Korpisalo signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Blue Jackets in March 2014.  

Talent Analysis

Korpisalo is extremely athletic with the prototypical size to be an NHL goaltender. He relies heavily on his strong legs to move smoothly on the ice and has great speed pipe to pipe. He is not afraid to move out of his crease. The only problem with his aggressive nature is that he has trouble differentiating between when to be aggressive and when to stay at home but that should improve with maturity and experience. Korpisalo has shown perseverance after some adversity and injuries and shows promise playing in Finland's Liiga as a 20-year-old.

Future

  Korpisalo was one of the goalies who impressed in the Blue Jackets 2014 development camp before being loaned to Ilves in Finland for the 2014-15 season. Sharing time with veteran Juha Jarvenpaa in net for the Tampere-based club, he has played well in his rookie season as the club was one of the big surprises — sitting in the middle of the pack in the standings after being in the bottom of the league for the past few seasons. With all of the physical and technical elements to be a successful goalie, Korpisalo has the makings of an NHL starting goaltender one day. After several years of relatively little luck when it came to drafting goaltenders, Columbus suddenly has four legitimate goaltending prospects so Korpisalo faces stiff competition to establish himself in the organization.

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