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Columbus brings Finnish goalie prospect to North America

2012 NHL Entry Draft - Portraits

2012 NHL Entry Draft - Portraits

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The Blue Jackets are getting a closer look at one of their brightest goalie prospects.

On Wednesday, the club re-assigned Joonas Korpisalo -- the club’s third-round pick (62nd overall) at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft -- from Finnish club Tampere to its AHL affiliate in Springfield.

Korpisalo, 20, enjoyed a solid campaign in Tampere, going 14-13-7 with a .919 save percentage and 2.34 GAA. It was his first look at extended playing time as a professional; previously, Korpisalo had also represented Finland at the ’13 World Juniors.

It’ll be interesting to see where Korpisalo falls on Columbus’ goaltending depth chart. No. 1 Sergei Bobrovsky is still relatively young -- he only turned 26 in September -- and AHL Springfield already has two young prospects on the roster: Anton Forsberg, who’s appeared in five games for the Jackets, and Oscar Dansk, the Swedish ‘tender taken in the same draft year as Korpisalo, but higher (31st overall).