COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets signed goaltender Joonas Korpisalo to a three-year entry level contract, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Korpisalo, 19, was Columbus’ third pick, 62nd overall, at the 2012 NHL Draft.
A native of Pori, Finland, Korpisalo spent time with six different teams in three different European leagues this season, most prominently recording a 1.42 GAA and .957 SV% in eight appearances with Ilves of the Finnish Elite League. In 2012-13, Korpisalo registered a 2.71 GAA and .900 SV% in 18 appearances with Kiekko-Vantaa of Mestis, Finland’s second-highest professional league.
Korpisalo has represented Finland at several international tournaments, including the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championships and 2012 IIHF World U18 Championships. He won the Jorma Valtonen Award as the best goaltender in Finland’s top junior league in 2011-12 after posting a 2.04 GAA and .920 SV% in 38 appearances with Jokerit U20.
The Blue Jackets return to action tonight when the New York Rangers visit Columbus for a Metropolitan Division battle. Game time from Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Blue Jackets Radio Network, including flagship station 97.1 FM The Fan in Columbus and online at BlueJackets.com.