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mattihp 09-11-2008 06:53 AM

Korpikari alternate captain
 
Montréal draftee Oskari Korpikari (24yo) is going to wear an A for Kärpät of Oulu. He is going to be an important and integral part of the team that sets its goal at repeating as champions of the finnish SM-liiga.


Who is the captain then? Another Habs draftee; Ilkka Mikkola (29yo) who was drafted by the Canadiens in 1997.

Neither has played in the Canadiens system.

I really thought Oskari would be given a try... but no.

Fozz 09-11-2008 08:18 AM

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Originally Posted by mattihp (Post 15411596)
Montréal draftee Oskari Korpikari (24yo) is going to wear an A for Kärpät of Oulu. He is going to be an important and integral part of the team that sets its goal at repeating as champions of the finnish SM-liiga.


Who is the captain then? Another Habs draftee; Ilkka Mikkola (29yo) who was drafted by the Canadiens in 1997.

Neither has played in the Canadiens system.

I really thought Oskari would be given a try... but no.

Do you know if he was even interested in giving it a try? I mean, it takes 2 to tango.

rocketlives 09-11-2008 08:22 AM

I remember watching Korpikari at a rookie camp a few years ago. I was impressed by his strenght and his dependable stay at home defensive style. O'Byrne was in the same camp and, at the time, I thought both had equal chances of making it with the big team.

mattihp 09-11-2008 08:28 AM

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Originally Posted by Fozz (Post 15411801)
Do you know if he was even interested in giving it a try? I mean, it takes 2 to tango.

I am pretty sure he was. I remember at least an old interview saying that he'd do pretty much anything to get to the NHL

montreal 09-11-2008 08:40 AM

I wanted to see Mikkola come over as well, back when our prospect pool was much, much bleaker. I got to see him a couple times along with Korpikari and another Hab draft pick, Viktor Ujcik when he was with Karpat. I thought Korpikari would have gotten a shot but I never heard why they didn't sign him.

mattihp 09-11-2008 08:47 AM

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Originally Posted by montreal (Post 15411889)
I wanted to see Mikkola come over as well, back when our prospect pool was much, much bleaker. I got to see him a couple times along with Korpikari and another Hab draft pick, Viktor Ujcik when he was with Karpat. I thought Korpikari would have gotten a shot but I never heard why they didn't sign him.

Me thinks him being alternate captain earns him another shot on the National team, with Väänänen in the NHL, maybe Oskari can get to the world champs team...

If he plays there I don't see him playing so poorly that not 10ish NHL teams go after him.

Whitesnake 09-11-2008 08:57 AM

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Originally Posted by Fozz (Post 15411801)
Do you know if he was even interested in giving it a try? I mean, it takes 2 to tango.

The kid came to every rookie and dev. camp there was so I do believe he was interested. He just didn't seem to be in our plans. But I always thought by watching him really closely that he would have been a really solid defender for us. Didn't see a lot of offensive awareness but a great first pass, great balance and a really really good defensive d-man. Looked like a vet out there. I was impressed. I really don't see why we didn't resign him.

Marksman 09-11-2008 10:21 AM

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Originally Posted by mattihp (Post 15411835)
I am pretty sure he was. I remember at least an old interview saying that he'd do pretty much anything to get to the NHL

Korpikari got that injury (playing for U20 team was it?) that slowed his progress down a bit. Solid year with Kärpät should improve his stock enough, to warrant NHL call from somewhere. Propably not with Canadiens though, they are too deep on this department.

mattihp 10-06-2008 07:25 AM

Oskari has opened the season well. In 10 games this far he has 3 goals and 1 assist. It's most likely that he'll beat his season best in goals (3 goals...) and his season best in points (8). He has also gotten quite a bit of icetime, with just over 20 minutes per game.

Pascal 10-06-2008 09:19 AM

He's no captain of Kelowna..

FTowwn 10-06-2008 11:03 PM

I'd still rather see the Habs try and bring over Konstantin Korneev before Korpikari. I understand it might be harder to do so, but in the end it would be worth it. From what I've read from here and there, sounds like Korneev has developed into an anchor in the RSL and is one of the top defenceman there.

Watsatheo 10-06-2008 11:53 PM

Well one things for sure, he'd be a part of the KO revolution if he was signed.

Koivu
Kovalev
Kostitsyn
Kostitsyn
Komisarek
Kostopoulos

Korneev
Korpikari

Very strange indeed.

Beakermania* 10-07-2008 12:06 AM

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Originally Posted by Watsatheo (Post 15723482)
Well one things for sure, he'd be a part of the KO revolution if he was signed.

Koivu
Kovalev
Kostitsyn
Kostitsyn
Komisarek
Kostopoulos

Korneev
Korpikari

Very strange indeed.

MarKOv

Ryulink 10-07-2008 12:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Watsatheo (Post 15723482)
Well one things for sure, he'd be a part of the KO revolution if he was signed.

Koivu
Kovalev
Kostitsyn
Kostitsyn
Komisarek
Kostopoulos

Korneev
Korpikari

Very strange indeed.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Beakermania (Post 15723678)
MarKOv

ValentenKO

ROEN 10-07-2008 01:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Pascal (Post 15712336)
He's no captain of Kelowna..

haha ! great avatar

obcd1 10-07-2008 09:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ryulink (Post 15723939)
ValentenKO

Quote:

Originally Posted by Beakermania (Post 15723678)
MarKOv

Quote:

Originally Posted by Watsatheo (Post 15723482)
Well one things for sure, he'd be a part of the KO revolution if he was signed.

Koivu
Kovalev
Kostitsyn
Kostitsyn
Komisarek
Kostopoulos

Korneev
Korpikari

Very strange indeed.

Kelowna captain

Whitesnake 10-07-2008 09:39 AM

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Originally Posted by FTowwn (Post 15722672)
I'd still rather see the Habs try and bring over Konstantin Korneev before Korpikari. I understand it might be harder to do so, but in the end it would be worth it. From what I've read from here and there, sounds like Korneev has developed into an anchor in the RSL and is one of the top defenceman there.

If I'm not mistaken, we don't own Korpikari's rights anymore.

Russeltown 10-07-2008 09:48 AM

Oh my god!!! :scared:

mattihp 10-07-2008 10:51 AM

Something weird has to happen for Korpikari not to be in North America next season.

Marksman 10-07-2008 12:45 PM

Lets hope Korpikari stays healthy ... that shoulder/back injury slowed his development a bit.

Habs should get Mikkola too, hes a champion magnet. 7 Cups and hes still only 29.;)

Whitesnake 10-07-2008 12:49 PM

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Originally Posted by mattihp (Post 15726676)
Something weird has to happen for Korpikari not to be in North America next season.

To go where? We don't own his rights anymore. Any idea who might be interested?

Marksman 10-07-2008 12:55 PM

I would imagine some team would give him tryout, when hes propably willing to sign two-way deal. Not being limited to Habs, who have great prospect depth there, should only help.

mattihp 10-07-2008 01:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Whitesnake (Post 15728339)
Any idea who might be interested?

I don't know... Is any NHL team looking for an experienced, young, big and strong defenseman who is solid in his own end and still improving offensively? ;)

Russeltown 10-07-2008 01:44 PM

Anyone heard of Janne Lathi? :dunno:

hototogisu 10-07-2008 01:46 PM

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Originally Posted by Russeltown (Post 15729139)
Anyone heard of Janne Lathi? :dunno:

He's starting the year on Koivu's wing I believe.


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