July 28, 1986 |
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)|
New York Rangers
|NHL Draft||19th overall, 2004
New York Rangers
Lauri Korpikoski (born July 28, 1986) is a Finnish professional ice hockey left winger currently playing for the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Korpikoski has also played in the NHL for the Arizona Coyotes, and the New York Rangers, the organization that drafted him in the first round, 19th overall, at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
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 AHL 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 May 4, 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 November 12, 2008.
Regular season and playoffs
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
|Competitor for Finland|
|World Junior Championships|
|2006 British Columbia|
- Lauri Korpikoski's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Lauri Korpikoski's player profile at TSN.ca
|Awards and achievements|
|New York Rangers first round draft pick