2007-08: Paul Karpowich played in the Ontario Jr. A Hockey League known as the OHA. As a goalie for the Wellington Dukes, he collected a record of 15-3-2, with three shutouts and a GAA of 2.15. For the playoffs later that year, he went 9-4 with a GAA of 2.72 in 13 games. However, his save percentage for the regular season (0.922) actually went up slightly during the playoffs (0.923).
2008-09: Karpowich played 27 games as a freshman for Clarkson University, finishing with a 7-14-4 record, 2.85 goals against average, and .907 save percentage.
2009-10: In his sophomore season, Karpowich earned an 8-19-4 record with a 3.48 goals against average and .898 save percentage in 31 games.
2010-11: Karpowich was one of the busier goalies in college hockey, facing over 1100 shots in 35 games for Clarkson University as a junior. He finished the season with a record of 15-18-2 as the Golden Knights finished tied for seventh in the 12-team ECAC Hockey League. Karpowich had 1 shutout with a 3.05 GAA and .912 save percentage.
2011-12: Karpowich played in 37 of 39 games for Clarkson University in his senior season. He was 16-15-6 with 5 shutouts and had a 2.46 goals against and .921 save percentage. Clarkson struggled to stay above .500 after getting off to a 5-1-1 start; finishing tied for sixth in ECAC Hockey. Karpowich signed a two-year two-way contract with St. Louis in April 2012.
Karpowich is a big, strong goaltender that has excellent puck handling skills, good positioning and covers his angle well. The butterfly goalie fills the net, is a real work horse and has good potential upside. It will take him time to adjust to the speed of the game at the pro level. He needs to improve his rebound control and lateral speed to play in the NHL.
In his first pro season, Karpowich should see time as a starter at the ECHL level with the Evansville Icemen and could see time in the AHL as an injury replacement. It's better for his overall development to play plenty of games at the lower level than sit as Jake Allen's backup in Peoria.