Discussion in 'Columbus Blue Jackets' started by Old Guy, Aug 16, 2019.
Very simple question.
I voted Korpi, though I think it will be a pretty close split. That is barring any injuries.
It could end up be close to split, but Torts will ride the hot hand. Since I voted for a playoff spot, it was based on an assumption one of these two will surprise and I sense Elvis may be the one.....hoping for a Steve Mason-type first season.
No idea. None of the above?
Oh, it will be one of the above. That I will guarantee.
I hope not.
I'm not confident in Korpisalo or Merzlikins, and "somebody else" is probably not very good.
Again I say, Korpi, Elvis or somebody else will definitely start the most games in net for the CBJ this season. Guarantee.
I think of "somebody else" in this poll as Vehvilainen.
That said, I'm confident in the New King.
Wait, The Korpedo? I thought he was Magikorp?
I dont think its the general idea to let Korpi stay in Cbus in the long run.
I doubt he will get many starts.
I think it makes much more sense to find out what Elvis is all about and those other 2 guys too. Korpi is a poor backup and has likely reached his potential.
Elvis has won this award btw. And Latvia as a hockey natiom shouldn't be underestimated. "
Latvian Player of the Year2018
I think Elvis will get every chance to prove himself. I also think it could be somewhat of a rollercoaster ride.
I think we lean on Korpisalo early as Elvis adjusts to North America, but by Christmas Elvis will start outplaying Korpi. Kind of similar to 2013 with Bob and Mason.
If Elvis is the man going forward......this will be the last season in Columbus for Korpi.
He's not going to be content being a career backup.
Both stumble and fumble around the job, but Elvis is slightly better and thus ends up with more starts.
call me crazy but here's a bold prediction of mine, Korpi will be traded before/at the trade deadline.
Elvis will win the starting job before December 1st.
Making it too easy for me this year.
And mark my words, I'll be chastised in the future for being irked when people jump on the Korpisalo bandwagon.
Nothing tangible makes Merzlikins a better goalie or gives him more potential than Korpisalo.
I have a feeling this will 100 percent be a post that will be quoted often this year (more so after approximately december 1st)
You constantly bring up Korpisalo's potential by saying how well he played in 15/16, but never really reply to people pointing out how he got benched in that same year during the AHL playoffs while nearly choking a 3-0 series lead, and never getting his job back. Does it not concern you that, even at Korpisalo's highest and most consistent play as a pro, was immediately shadowed by a collapse? Also keep in mind the very next year he went to camp against Curtis McElhinney (and Forsberg) to try to win the backup job, a job he should have won since management had zero faith in McElhinney, and lost.
He's older now, but the same issues in his game are still here from back then.
Your initial "claim" is bogus. I respond all the time as to the reasons why I think that very small stretch of "bad play" by Korpisalo is not very important.
That type of move is very common with teams all over hockey when a team needs a momentum change, whether its during a game or during a stretch/period of time. You and others ignore that before Korpisalo "lost" the starter role down there, he had to "WIN" it, in the 1st place.
We are also talking about literally a few games. Its too much work (this sec) to find the actual numbers to the games Korpisalo/CLE lost late in the playoffs, but, I'd also be willing to bet that ANY and ALL of the people who bring up this playoff stretch have zero recollection of his play or actually watched any of Korpisalo in those games. That team was essentially loaded and on a role, and Korpisalo had been there the least of anybody other that Werenski and some journeymen vets. After losing a couple/few games the decision was made to go to the goalie that the team had been used to, had played A LOT, and did play well that year. f***, look at Thiessen's numbers from that year.
I don't remember how good or bad Korpisalo was supposedly playing during this time but he very easily could have started that next game and played the same and won out and none of this would be talked about.
I also find it interesting that we are talking about Korpisalo at 21 years old and that people think he is done progressing at his age while Merzlikins has supposedly much more potential when they are the same age.
Korpisalo hasn't been given the chance to prove anything at the NHL level. Other than be a capable backup goalie, which he has been. The same CANT be said for some of the other Sawchuk level favs in Bobrovsky and Lehner before they "broke out" and became "starters" or "Vezina level".
Possible but I am sticking with my very risky prediction.
I get the feeling that Merzlikins claims the net and never gives it back and the team rallies around his energy.
I mean, sure? Korpisalo and Forsberg juggled the job around until Bobrovsky got injured. Obviously, they must have liked Korpisalo's play better as he was the one who was called up, but they had very similar numbers with Korpisalo barely edging out Forsberg in GAA (2.36-2.40) and Forsberg barely edging out Korpisalo on Save % (.914-.913). Forbserg played in more games, obviously due to Korpisalo playing in Columbus.
In the playoffs Korpisalo was given the job due to his play in Columbus. Which he earned. But, he also lost it. Winning the job means very little if you lose the job. It's not entirely the same but in our day to day lives if you get a job and lose it (multiple times) it's not a good look.
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It wasn't hard to find.
The first paragraph makes no sense. Forsberg could have easily won the job away from Korpisalo as Bob's backup and we trade Korpi instead of him and we're having this discussion about him instead. But that's not reality. So wasting time on the what if is meaningless. Yeah, it could have happened (in both my example and yours), but it didn't...so..
I don't think anyone thinks he's done progressing. I just don't think a lot of people have faith in his progression being that of a starting goalie in the NHL, due to various reasons. People are higher on Merzlikins because we don't know what he can bring, so its the curiosity of the unknown. He could be way better, or way worse, than Korpi. But we don't know.
Maybe Elvis will be the Binnington of 2019 - 2020. Here's hoping!