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03-09-2009, 04:13 PM
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Korpikoski

Hi Guys,

Wondering if you guys could give me an update? A friend of mine said he's a bust prospect but when I look he's played in 50+ games, has 17 points and seems to be getting better of late?

Thoughts on his future & potential? He was a first round pick if i'm not mistaken...

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03-09-2009, 04:16 PM
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He's played well most of the season. Good at both ends of the ice. Has been switched back and forth between wing and center a lot, and had a lot of different linemates, though. Would it be nice if he was putting up bigger numbers right now? Yeah. But this is a solid foundation to build off of, I think.

I'd say his potential lies as a good 2nd line winger who can fill in on the top line if necessary.

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Considering he is not even 23 and has a full time spot in the NHL its hard to call him a bust.

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Considering he is not even 23 and has a full time spot in the NHL its hard to call him a bust.
exactly......he will be just fine. He's better served as a Winger and PK guy I think though..........I think he replaces Betts minutes next yr and Anisimov slides into 3rd line C

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I see him as more of a winger, but it's nice that he's versatile. I would say 3rd line winger for sure... maybe a 2nd line winger as a more complimentary guy... He should be a fun guy to watch for awhile...

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Bust?

Far from it.

This kid is maturing every game IMO and i think if he isnt mismanaged, hes going to turn into a solid vet.

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03-09-2009, 04:25 PM
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I think he's been perfecting his defensive game this season and has really been excelling. Next season i'm hoping he'll take a nice step offensively and hopefully put up 30-40 points.. he's got the tools to be a great 3rd liner in this league, and a decent second liner if he reaches full potential.. But unlike some other prospects.. i think he can develop to be a guy that can fill in on any line, 1-4, if needed.. 1st line for a short period of time maybe...?

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i see him as a jere lehtonen type. very good defensive forward that can score 25 goals a season on the 2nd line throughout his career.

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Hopefully Torts gets his offensive game going. He's doing a lot better in that department this year putting together small bursts of production. He just needs to build some consistency and hopefully he'll get rewarded with ice time. If he waits too long, some young Russians might come in and steal his ice time.

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i see him as a jere lehtonen type. very good defensive forward that can score 25 goals a season on the 2nd line throughout his career.
Solid comparison. I see Korpikoski as a lesser Jere Lehtinen.

He's hardly a bust. He's not a brilliant draft selection by any means but considering the odds I'll take a guy like Korpikoski with a late first round pick for sure. It's only about a 54% success rate for 1st round picks to play even 200 NHL games, and a good portion of that percentage is top 10 picks. While it's hardly a shot in the dark like a 5th round pick or so, a late 1st round pick is by no means a guarantee. He's a very good player who has a "safe" potential of a very good 3rd liner and a "reach" potential of a 2nd liner.

Not that he was bad by any means in the first half of the season, but the second half he has played with a sense of belonging. He shows a lot more confidence now. He's never going to be an offensive power house but he's developing into a very good secondary source of scoring. 20 goal seasons are certainly plausible for him.

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Hi Guys,

Wondering if you guys could give me an update? A friend of mine said he's a bust prospect but when I look he's played in 50+ games, has 17 points and seems to be getting better of late?

Thoughts on his future & potential? He was a first round pick if i'm not mistaken...
Tell your friend to sleep off his hang over.

His game is solid on both ends of the ice. Vision, Maturity, Decent size and speed. Very active around the net and knows how to create chances... This kid is waiting to catch the right line mates and given more time. Then the blossoming will begin.

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i see him as a jere lehtonen type. very good defensive forward that can score 25 goals a season on the 2nd line throughout his career.
My biggest pet peeve! In terms of pure stats, maybe they will end up being similar, but the Korpedo does not play like Jere Lehtinen! Lehtinen plays a perfect positional game and relies on his smarts and all-round ability. Korpikoski has better stickhandling, is a faster skater, much more aggressive on the forecheck, but will never be as smart or error-free of a player as Lehtinen (which is no insult -- very few players are).

If you must compare him to any NHL forward, I would say think start with Sami Kapanen (also an accomplished defensive forward). Korpikoski is bigger and has better stickhandling, but is not as natural a finisher as Kapanen. Both of them play with tremendous speed and energy and maintain a good defensive awareness.

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Maybe you should listen to ur friend for. Ur fantasy league

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Tell your friend to sleep off his hang over.

His game is solid on both ends of the ice. Vision, Maturity, Decent size and speed. Very active around the net and knows how to create chances... This kid is waiting to catch the right line mates and given more time. Then the blossoming will begin.
We'll see him take off in a year or two. I'd love to have a Battleship and a Korpedo on the same line

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Fantastic young player, plays a smart mature NA style, 2nd liner for sure.

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We'll see him take off in a year or two. I'd love to have a Battleship and a Korpedo on the same line
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Korpedo is from Finland

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Top-tier 3rd liner right now. Plays a great two-way game and has fantastic speed. I think his ceiling is a solid 2nd liner, maybe a 40-50 point guy, but I think it's more likely he winds up as a 30 point 3rd liner. He shows some flashes of brilliance, but I don't think he has a dynamic offensive skillset. Very solid wrister though.

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Top-tier 3rd liner right now. Plays a great two-way game and has fantastic speed. I think his ceiling is a solid 2nd liner, maybe a 40-50 point guy, but I think it's more likely he winds up as a 30 point 3rd liner. He shows some flashes of brilliance, but I don't think he has a dynamic offensive skillset. Very solid wrister though.
Agreed.

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One thing I wish he did a bit more is find some open space and use that shot of his. Hasn't really happened this season, but maybe will improve over time.

50-60 points for him in a few years isn't unrealistic. He's a good player

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i see him as a jere lehtonen type. very good defensive forward that can score 25 goals a season on the 2nd line throughout his career.
PJ Axelsson/Marco Sturm.Those players have more jam than Lehtinen.

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Korpedo is from Finland
Someone just got served

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i see him as a jere lehtonen type. very good defensive forward that can score 25 goals a season on the 2nd line throughout his career.
I'll give you this, to a degree. I was gonna suggest Sergei Brylin.

25 goals, 2nd line throughout his career might be a stretch. I can see him doing that a couple of times. I think he'll hover closer to 15-20 goals per season average. But he looks pretty versatile, which is always a bonus

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I'll give you this, to a degree. I was gonna suggest Sergei Brylin.
I wonder why?

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I wonder why?
well obviously as a devil fan, I have more knowledge within my team's rosters.

Jere Lehtinen is... an elite player for what he does. I think Brylin is the more realistic alternative. A guy with offensive ability, defensive awareness, that doesn't wow you but plays smart hockey.

Brylin wasn't a great player, but he was beloved by us

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