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10-18-2008, 02:46 AM
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Originally Posted by 007 View Post
I do not and never have seen Lauri Korpikoski as being anything like Jere Lehtinen. Lehtinen is as brainy player as there is. He always is in the right place, defensively, and always makes the smart play. He's a good skater, but not a speed demon and is not an energy forechecker. He also rarely initiates contact, which the Korpedo does on occasion.

If you must compare him to a Finnish player, I'd say his game reminds me a lot more of a bigger Sami Kapanen: they're both extremely fast, have a lot of energy, give their all on each shift and are defensively aware. The Korpedo has the offensive potential to put up Kapanen-like numbers (during his prime) as well.
If he turns out to be anything like Sami Kapanen in his prime (25G 50-55P per season) - we would all be happy. But even if he puts up 30-40 P as a 3rd line C, that'd be great too.

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