Joonas Korpisalo

Joonas Korpisalo

27-Year-Old GoalieG
Columbus Blue Jackets
IR
Injury Illness
Est. Return 12/9/2021
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Korpisalo's sixth NHL season was marred by both injury and ineffectiveness. Playing for a Columbus team that found themselves in free fall for almost the entire campaign, Korpisalo saw his GAA rise from 2.60 to 3.30, and his save percentage drop from .911 to .894. He also missed the Jackets' final six games with a lower-body injury. It remains to be seen how new Columbus coach Brad Larsen will divide up playing time, but the best Korpisalo can likely hope for is a timeshare with Elvis Merzlikins. That means he won't be of much, if any, help to fantasy managers due to the fact the Blue Jackets figure to be a middling team once again in 2021-22. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $5.6 million contract extension with the Blue Jackets in April of 2020.
Goes on IR
GColumbus Blue Jackets
Illness
December 3, 2021
The Blue Jackets placed Korpisalo (illness) on injured reserve Friday,
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The move is retroactive to Wednesday, so Korpisalo can return no sooner than Dec. 9 against Anaheim. The goaltender has posted a 3.95 GAA and .885 save percentage in eight games this season and should remain Columbus' backup option once healthy.
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Korpisalo sparkled in the playoffs -- including a historic 85-save performance -- leading all starters with a .941 save percentage during postseason play. His postseason performance erased most doubts about his abilities after a slightly shaky first season as the Blue Jackets' starter. Even though he finished with career bests across the board, Korpisalo was outplayed by backup Elvis Merzlikins for long stretches before reclaiming the starting job toward the end of the regular season. Columbus' stout defense can make most goalies look good, but Korpisalo will face a lot of internal competition from Merzlikins and there are still questions about his ability to handle a large workload. That uncertainty knocks Korpisalo's fantasy value down to the lower end of starting netminders, but his playoff performance hints at significant upside. Conservative fantasy managers may want to consider Korpisalo for their second goalie spot, but definitely not their first.
Korpisalo's apprenticeship under Sergei Bobrovsky has finally come to an end. The 25-year-old has spent the last four seasons as the backup in Columbus, and his performance since his rookie season has left a lot to be desired. While Korpisalo is capable of big games, his overall inconsistency has led to sub-.900 save percentages in each of the last two campaigns. With Bobrovsky now a Panther, his former understudy heads into camp perched precariously atop the depth chart for the Blue Jackets, but prospect Elvis Merzlikins will be looking to unseat him. If Korpisalo does start, he'll at least have the benefit of working behind a blue line corps that remains one of the best in the league.
The Finnish netminder once again saw limited action behind workhorse Sergei Bobrovsky, and the lack of work may have started to affect Korpisalo's development, as he put up the worst stats of his three-year NHL career in 2017-18. Now 24 years old, he has shown occasional flashes of No. 1 upside in the past, but the Blue Jackets were concerned enough about their options behind Bobrovsky that they brought in Jean-Francois Berube in the offseason, and the organization will be looking for further development from Matiss Kivlenieks as well. If Korpisalo struggles again in his sporadic chances, this could end up being his final season with the Blue Jackets.
There’s only so much fantasy appeal in a backup tender stuck behind a reigning Vezina Trophy winner, but Sergei Bobrovsky’s understudy has wet his feet to the tune of 45 career NHL games, holding a respectable 23-16-5 record and .915 save percentage over the last two seasons. Korpisalo takes up plenty of real estate in the cage at 6-foot-3, and he’s unafraid to challenge skaters outside of the blue paint. Embarking on his his age 23-season, view the Finn as a solid, up-and-coming insurance option in Columbus.
Korpisalo, an athletic young Finnish goalie, needs a lot of polish, but he's got NHL upside.
This Finnish goaltending prospect was the Jackets' second-round pick in this past June's draft. Korpisalo will have prototypical size for an NHL netminder once he's done growing, but he's a way from seeing NHL ice. He will spend another season in Finland after turning some heads at last winter's World Junior Championships.
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Unavailable Thursday
GColumbus Blue Jackets
Illness
December 2, 2021
Korpisalo is under the weather and will miss out against Dallas on Thursday.
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Yields three goals in relief outing
GColumbus Blue Jackets
November 30, 2021
Korpisalo gave up three goals on 28 shots in relief of Elvis Merzlikins in Tuesday's 6-0 loss to the Predators.
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Too many goals allowed again
GColumbus Blue Jackets
November 27, 2021
Korpisalo yielded six goals on 33 shots in Saturday's 6-3 loss to the Blues.
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Starting in St. Louis
GColumbus Blue Jackets
November 27, 2021
Korpisalo will guard the road goal during Saturday's matchup with the Blues, Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reports.
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Bailed out by offense
GColumbus Blue Jackets
November 23, 2021
Korpisalo stopped 29 shots in Monday's 7-4 win over the Sabres.
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