The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed restricted free agent goaltender Joonas Korpisalo to a one-year contract for the 2019-20 season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Korpisalo, 25, has compiled a 41-31-9 record with a 2.89 goals-against average (GAA), .907 save percentage (SV%) and one shutout in 90 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets. In 2018-19, he went 10-7-3 with a 2.95 GAA and .897 SV% in 27 outings.
“The 2019-20 season will provide Joonas Korpisalo with a great opportunity to prove himself in the National Hockey League and I am confident that he is ready for that challenge,” said Kekalainen. “He has played sparingly over the past three seasons and that can be difficult, especially for a young goaltender, but he has all the tools – size, quickness, athleticism and a passion to win – that it takes to be a very successful goaltender in this league.”
The 6-3, 182-pound native of Pori, Finland went 18-20-8 with a 2.51 GAA, .911 SV% and two shutouts in 90 career AHL games with Lake Erie/Cleveland between 2015-18. He represented Finland at the 2017 IIHF World Championships and spent three seasons playing professionally in Finland between 2012-15, including 2014-15 when he went 14-13-7 with a 2.34 GAA, .919 SV% and two shutouts in 38 games with Ilves in Finland’s Elite League (Liiga).