Lauri Korpikoski

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Lauri Korpikoski
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Born (1986-07-28) 28 July 1986 (age 31)
Turku, Finland
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Free Agent
New York Rangers
TPS
Arizona Coyotes
Edmonton Oilers
Dallas Stars
Columbus Blue Jackets
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 19th overall, 2004
New York Rangers
Playing career 2004–present

Lauri Korpikoski (born 28 July 1986) is a Finnish professional ice hockey left winger who is currently an unrestricted free agent who most recently played for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL). Korpikoski has also played in the NHL for the Arizona Coyotes, Dallas Stars, Edmonton Oilers and the New York Rangers, the organization that drafted him in the first round, 19th overall, at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Korpikoski was drafted in the first round, 19th overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers. He originally played for TPS' junior team in the SM-liiga before moving up to the main team for the 2004–05 season. He then played two seasons of professional hockey in Finland before joining the Rangers' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, after TPS' 2005–06 season; he played five regular season games and 11 playoff games for Hartford for the team's 2005–06 season.

In 2006–07, Korpikoski had 11 goals and 38 points for the Wolf Pack, while in 2007–08, in his second year with the team, he bested his previous year's totals, scoring 23 goals and having 50 points, also scoring two points in five Calder Cup playoff games. Following Hartford's first round exit from the playoffs, Korpikoski was named to the Rangers' reserves squad for the team's 2008 Stanley Cup playoff run. On 4 May, He dressed for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and 2:03 into the game's third period, he scored his first career NHL goal on just his second-ever shot. The goal brought the Rangers to within one goal of tying (which they did), although the team eventually lost in overtime, eliminating them from the playoffs.

After scoring points in every pre-season game in which he played, Korpikoski survived cuts to make the Rangers' 23-man roster for the start of the 2008–09 season, the only rookie to make the team. He later scored his first career regular season NHL goal against Kevin Weekes of the New Jersey Devils on 12 November 2008.

On 13 July 2009, Korpikoski was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Enver Lisin. On 11 July 2013, the Coyotes re-signed Korpikoski to a four-year contract extension.[1]

On 30 June 2015, with two seasons left on his contract, Korpikoski was traded by the rebuilding Coyotes to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Boyd Gordon.[2] He scored his first career NHL hat trick on 11 December 2015 against the New York Rangers.[3]

After only one year in Edmonton, on 30 June 2016, Korpikoski was placed on unconditional waivers by the Oilers for the purpose of buying out the final year of his contract.[4]

Before the start of the 2016–17 season, the Calgary Flames signed Korpikoski to a Professional try-out contract to attend training camp on 22 September 2016.[5] Despite a successful pre-season with the Flames, Korpikoski was without a contract with the Flames. On 9 October, he was released at his request to pursue a contract offer. The following day he signed a one-year, $1 million dollar contract with the Dallas Stars.[6] Korpokoski cemented his role within the Stars checking lines, scoring 8 goals and 20 points in 60 games before he was dealt with the Stars out of post-season contention, to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Dillon Heatherington on 1 March 2017.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

Korpikoski during his tenure with the New York Rangers

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 TPS SM-l 41 0 6 6 12 6 1 0 1 0
2005–06 TPS SM-l 51 3 4 7 16 2 0 1 1 0
2005–06 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 5 2 1 3 0 11 1 0 1 2
2006–07 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 78 11 27 38 23 7 0 0 0 0
2007–08 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 79 23 27 50 71 5 1 1 2 0
2007–08 New York Rangers NHL 1 1 0 1 0
2008–09 New York Rangers NHL 68 6 8 14 14 7 0 2 2 0
2008–09 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 4 4 2 6 0
2009–10 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 71 5 6 11 16 7 1 0 1 2
2010–11 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 79 19 21 40 20 4 0 1 1 2
2011–12 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 82 17 20 37 14 11 0 0 0 2
2012–13 TPS SM-l 11 6 11 17 10
2012–13 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 36 6 5 11 12
2013–14 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 64 9 16 25 24
2014–15 Arizona Coyotes NHL 69 6 15 21 12
2015–16 Edmonton Oilers NHL 71 10 12 22 10
2016–17 Dallas Stars NHL 60 8 12 20 10
2016–17 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 9 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 609 86 115 201 132 30 2 3 5 6

International[edit]

Medal record
Ice hockey
Representing  Finland
Winter Olympics
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Sochi
World Junior Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2006 British Columbia
Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2004 Finland WJC18 7th 6 5 6 11 2
2005 Finland WJC 5th 5 2 0 2 6
2006 Finland WJC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 7 1 5 6 4
2010 Finland WC 6th 7 0 0 0 0
2013 Finland WC 4th 8 3 2 5 4
2014 Finland OG 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 6 2 2 4 2
2016 Finland WCH 8th 3 0 0 0 4
Junior totals 18 8 11 19 12
Senior totals 24 5 4 9 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Coyotes trade Lisin to Rangers for Korpikoski". TSN. 2009-07-13. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  2. ^ "Oilers get Korpikoski from Coyotes for Gordon". NBC Sports. 2015-06-30. Retrieved 2015-06-30. 
  3. ^ "Korpikoski’s hat trick leads Oilers to crazy win over Rangers". Sportsnet. 2015-12-12. Retrieved 2015-12-12. 
  4. ^ "Boll, Carle, Seidenberg among those set to be bought out". Yahoo. 2016-06-30. Retrieved 2016-06-30. 
  5. ^ "Flames open training camp on thursday". Calgary Flames. 2016-09-22. Retrieved 2016-09-22. 
  6. ^ "Lauri Korpikoski signs one-year deal with Stars". Sportsnet.ca. 2016-10-10. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  7. ^ "Blue Jackets making moves ahead of deadline". 10tv.com. 2017-03-01. Retrieved 2017-03-01. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Al Montoya
New York Rangers first round draft pick
2004
Succeeded by
Marc Staal