Joonas Korpisalo
Joonas Korpisalo
26-Year-Old GoalieG
Columbus Blue Jackets
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $5.6 million contract extension with the Blue Jackets in April of 2020.
Struggles continue Tuesday
GColumbus Blue Jackets
February 23, 2021
Korpisalo made 29 saves in regulation and overtime and stopped one of two shootout attempts in Tuesday's 6-5 loss to Chicago.
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Twice the Jackets had to climb out of two-goal deficits, and Korpisalo simply wasn't able to come up with a big save when the team needed him to. The 26-year-old netminder is in a tailspin, having coughed up five or more goals in five of his last nine appearances, but despite his 3.56 GAA and .886 save percentage on the season he'll remain the No. 1 goalie by default as long as Elvis Merzlikins (upper body) is sidelined.
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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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Between pipes Tuesday
GColumbus Blue Jackets
February 23, 2021
Korpisalo will tend the twine against Chicago at home Tuesday, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
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Comes off bench in loss
GColumbus Blue Jackets
February 20, 2021
Korpisalo stopped all six shots he faced in relief during Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Predators.
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February woes continue
GColumbus Blue Jackets
February 15, 2021
Korpisalo allowed five goals on 25 shots and was replaced after 40 minutes in Monday's 7-3 loss to Carolina.
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Gets starting nod Monday
GColumbus Blue Jackets
February 15, 2021
Korpisalo will start in the road crease Monday versus the Hurricanes, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.
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Can't nail down late lead
GColumbus Blue Jackets
February 13, 2021
Korpisalo made 28 saves in Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to Chicago.
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