Lauri Korpikoski (born 28 July 1986) is a Finnish professional ice hockey left winger who is currently playing for HC TPS of the Liiga. Korpikoski has previously played in the NHL for the Arizona Coyotes, Edmonton Oilers, Dallas Stars, Columbus Blue Jackets and the New York Rangers, the organization that drafted him in the first round, 19th overall, at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
28 July 1986|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)|
New York Rangers
Columbus Blue Jackets
19th overall, 2004|
New York Rangers
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 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. He scored his first career NHL hat trick on 11 December 2015 against the New York Rangers.
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.
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. 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 contract with the Dallas Stars. 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.
After ending his NHL career, as an un-signed free agent, Korpikoski joined Swiss club, ZSC Lions of the National League for the duration of the 2017–18 season. In helping the Lions capture the Swiss championship, Korpikoski produced 2 goals and 6 points in 16 post-season games.
Korpikoski left Switzerland after one season, and opted to return to his native Finland, securing a long-term 6-year contract with former club, HC TPS of the Liiga, on May 21, 2018.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
|2016–17||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||9||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|World Junior Championships|
|2006 British Columbia|
- "Coyotes trade Lisin to Rangers for Korpikoski". TSN. 13 July 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2009.
- "Oilers get Korpikoski from Coyotes for Gordon". NBC Sports. 30 June 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
- "Korpikoski's hat trick leads Oilers to crazy win over Rangers". Sportsnet. 12 December 2015. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
- "Boll, Carle, Seidenberg among those set to be bought out". Yahoo. 30 June 2016. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
- "Flames open training camp on thursday". Calgary Flames. 22 September 2016. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
- "Lauri Korpikoski signs one-year deal with Stars". Sportsnet.ca. 10 October 2016. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
- "Blue Jackets making moves ahead of deadline". 10tv.com. 1 March 2017. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
- "Lauri Korpikosko to TPS with a 6 year contract" (in Finnish). HC TPS. 21 May 2018. Retrieved 21 May 2018.