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How good will the Korpedo become?

View Poll Results: How good will Korpikoski be?
1st liner (80+ points a season) 3 1.97%
2nd liner (50-70 points a season) 54 35.53%
3rd liner (30-50 points a season) 87 57.24%
4th liner (10-30 points a season) 6 3.95%
Extra Forward/"Healthy Scratch" 1 0.66%
Non NHLer 1 0.66%
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01-22-2009, 01:10 PM
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How good will the Korpedo become?

Simple question: What kind of player do you see Lauri Korpikoski developing into?

We have the thread going about Dawes, people projecting him, we're discussing Sather's drafting history in other threads, meanwhile Korpi has been one of the toughest players on this team to figure out this season.

At times, he has looked very impressive, yet other times...well, not so much.

He's got good size, he's not a bad skater, he seems fairly strong, and I think he does have some moves and a shot that is at least decent.

Personally, I think he turns out to be a solid third liner, 15-20 goals a year. Not the same type of player, but similar production to Callahan. Probably more assists than Cally will get, though.

And, I guess, depending on how you feel he'll turn out, you might be inclined to add your thoughts on whether or not picking Korpikoski in the first round will turn out to be a smart move, or a mistake.

I don't think he was a terrible pick, but I don't think he was a great pick either.

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01-22-2009, 01:19 PM
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He'll be that guy that always frustrates you. Shows flashes of brilliance where you say, "He could be a top-six guy" but will never be consistent enough to stay on the 2nd line.

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01-22-2009, 01:29 PM
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I honestly think he can max out as a second line player, but thats only if the right guys are surrounding him.

Hes the type of player that adapts well and drives hard all over the ice and good things come with that type of play.

Look at a guy like Prucha, 30 goals and a wonderful year, he maxed out there. Thats his potential. Now we see him for who he really is in a way. Thats what i mean when im talking about Kopedo. Same can be said for Dubinsky as well, we already saw it with him and Jagr. Its a tricky question when projecting a career.

Realistically hell probably be a third line type of player, but if the pieces fall in place over the next 3-4 years he can definitely be a top line player IMO.


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01-22-2009, 01:30 PM
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He's an NHL player so I can't call him a mistake. He becomes an asset to the team and remains attractive if we have a trade going down.

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01-22-2009, 01:34 PM
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Its going to be hard to become an NHL player if he doesn't play.

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01-22-2009, 01:42 PM
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12-15 goals and 20-25 assists for an average 3rd liner who can play on one of the top 2 lines occasionally when needed. Maybe similar to a Modin where he's a reliable two way guy but minus the big shot that Modin has. That's my hope but he's also got the ability to be a Jayme Lundmark. Only time will tell.

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01-22-2009, 01:46 PM
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I think he'll be a second/third line "tweener" type. A third line player with enough offense to occasionally slip onto the second line.

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01-22-2009, 01:50 PM
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He has moments of greatness, then doesn't show up. I think he could be a 2nd liner if he really worked at it and had more determination.

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01-22-2009, 01:57 PM
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Potential second liner.

First liner if he gets the same playing time Dubi did witha HOF like Jagr.

Lots more upside, still a bit lanky.

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01-22-2009, 02:03 PM
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I really do not have an idea. I think the kid has decent speed, size, etc. I think he's still learning the game moreso than most 23 year olds as a result of spending time playing on fourth lines, and in few games, while in Finland for two seasons. He seems to have good puck-handling skills, but at times so do a lot of players. He came around in HFD last season and made great strides offensively compared to the prior season, although I woulnd't say it was great. He's definitely and NHL player - but right now I can't say what type since I haven't seen the consistency (at any level) in him yet. He never fully matured offensively in HFD so we'll just have to watch him mature at the NHL level where he can be seen watching the games from up high.

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01-22-2009, 02:29 PM
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3rd Liner who will be great on the PK is what i expect

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01-22-2009, 02:41 PM
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second liner who can put up 50-60 points with 20 or so goals a season in his prime.

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He'll be that guy that always frustrates you. Shows flashes of brilliance where you say, "He could be a top-six guy" but will never be consistent enough to stay on the 2nd line.
I agree. He will be a very good 3rd line player. I can see him teaming with Callahan as the shutdown line and chipping in with some goals here and there

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01-22-2009, 02:53 PM
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Pretty solid consensus here it seems.

Oh, and thank you BrodeurRULES, for your vote of "healthy scratch." Care to elaborate?

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01-22-2009, 03:01 PM
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I see him as a 50-55 point player in his prime, given 2nd line minutes with average players. If he were teamed up with an elite talent, who could set him up in prime scoring locations and attract defenders, I could he him hitting 70.

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Pretty solid consensus here it seems.

Oh, and thank you BrodeurRULES, for your vote of "healthy scratch." Care to elaborate?
He's a devils fan... what else must one know?

I think he will be a 50 point player in his prime. 20-30

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01-22-2009, 03:22 PM
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he can be a 50-65 point first or second line player.

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I say he pulls a Hudler and surprises everyone when one of our big guys (hopefully all) go down.

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I pretty much agree with every thing that's been said already. He could be a guy that's a second liner but will most likely be a 3rd liner.

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I hate the nickname Korpedo.

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Career third liner. He's good for 20-20 in his prime, but sadly I think that he just doesn't have that "it" factor to be a top 6 forward and score consistently at the NHL level.

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With time I see him being an average second liner, around 40-45 points. He would probably make for a better third liner chipping in 30-40 though. Should also become a beast on the PK. He does have the speed to break things open though. So I am intrigued to watch where his career goes.

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He'll be that guy that always frustrates you. Shows flashes of brilliance where you say, "He could be a top-six guy" but will never be consistent enough to stay on the 2nd line.
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Career third liner. He's good for 20-20 in his prime, but sadly I think that he just doesn't have that "it" factor to be a top 6 forward and score consistently at the NHL level.
These are the two responses I see eye to eye with the most.

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My fear is that he maxes out as a slightly better Fredrik Sjostrom. Not a knock on Sjostrom (a useful player) as much as it is a reflection on the kids perceived latent potential.

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I hate to be the one who starts comparing him to other players, but I see him filling a similar role to Sami Kapanen: a skilled, high energy forward who is always valuable to his team, but never puts up huge point totals. Whether he's a 2nd line or 3rd line forward will depend largely on what the team around him looks like.

In a career season, I could see him putting up 25 goals and more than 30 assists, but generally, I would expect him to score more on the lines of 20+25=45 or less.

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