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07-13-2009, 08:24 PM
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Don Maloney was actually the one who ran the draft when they picked was a guy he really gushed about after they selected him, so he'll join Montoya, Prucha and Dawes as guys he liked from the Rangers system.

In terms of what you get, Korpikoski indeed is a great skater, works hard along the boards, but not a big hitter by any stretch. His defensive ability is more about skating and taking away lanes and putting pressure on the puck carrier than it necessarily is forcing take aways or laying on the body. He was useful on the PK because of his speed.

Offensively he has his moments, scored a few key goals from the slot of all places. He doesn't necessarily possess a great shot, but some times you look at what he does and wonder where it came from. His first NHL goal was actually in his first NHL game...the 2008 playoffs vs the Penguins, and he beat Fleury coming down the wing on a partial break...Fleury probably should've had it.

In my mind he's a third wing kind of guy, maybe a 10-15 goal kind of guy...just not sure he's got the potential to do more. With that said, he went down to the AHL at one point this past season and was dominating offensively, so it appears there might be some room for him to develop that aspect of his game.

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