Risto Korhonen
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Risto Korhonen

Hometown:

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1986-11-27

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2005

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

159th overall, 2005 NHL Entry Draft by Carolina

Weight:

203 lbs.

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History

A big and smart player, Korhonen has caught attention already since 2001-02, which made him the initial top player of the country’s draft class. Since then others have caught up with him, but he still played both in the U18 and U20 World Championships when a year and a half younger than most players. In the latter Korhonen struggled, and still without a pro appearance in the strong Kärpät organization on draft day, top competition is still a great challenge for him in 2005.

Talent Analysis

Korhonen has earned his hype as a big, physical player. However, at not a bit over 6'3, he won't impress in the NHL with size alone. Fortunately his strength and will are on par with the frame, and there is not a question whether his presence is painful to opponents. Korhonen is a smooth skater but by no means speedy, yet even while he hunts for hits all over the ice, he is rarely caught out of position. When in a company where he is one of the best defensemen overall, he is also used to support the offense as he handles the puck with skill and smarts.

Future

Korhonen must learn to cope with ever stronger opponents. He is closer to going forward in that respect, having left Kärpät and the stacked defense corps behind and now seeking ice time with HPK in the Finnish elite league.