Second off: I wonder what this means for the Korpedo?
I can only see it as being a good thing. If he stays on the first line, he's got one of the best centres in the game who also plays a speedy, in-your-face style, along side him. If he doesn't he will still be learning from a great leader.
if he stays on the top line and plays with koivu that will be GREAT news for korpikoski...and being that they don't play the same position it would make sense that he would bump down the center not one of the wingers...
the good news is that since korpikoski had been on the top line, the chances of him being bumped completely out of the lineup (which was possible at the start of the year) are slim...at worst he should still be getting decent ice time on the 2nd or 3rd line
Saku Koivu. Mikko is playing in the AHL this year.
As for Bouck, the TPS website seems to say that he's been brought in to replace Marco Tuokko, who is injured for 2 months. I don't know where Tuokko was playing. In addition, they say that he will help make up for the departure of Robert Vasilevic, who's position Korpikoski took over.
how many 18 year olds after getting drafted go on to play in the WHL, OHL, College, etc., as opposed to playing against professionals? I think most. Even a guy like Thornton played against men at the age of 18 and scored, what, one goal? If he was 20-21, I'd worry, but in his first year playing with men in a pretty competitive league at the age of 18, I'm not worried.