It has been a very rough season in net for Joonas Korpisalo, posting just an .877 save percentage in 22 games (17 starts) on the year. That kind of play would be acceptable on the penalty kill, not as an overall average. There seems to be a reason for that, as the Columbus Blue Jackets said he's been playing through an injury, and this was accompanied with it:
The season makes a lot of sense if he's been playing through injury for a while now. He's rarely been a consistent performer since his rookie season, so there are a lot more questions to answer here besides just 2021-22. It'll be interesting to see what the Jackets do in the offseason. The netminder is a UFA and Elvis Merzlikins is signed long-term. Does Korpisalo want to go somewhere he could be a full-time starter? Not sure how many spots like that even exist for him.
In better news for the Blue Jackets, it appears as though Adam Boqvist is on the verge of returning:
All told, he was having a decent start to the season with 19 points in 40 games to start the year. That was on the back of 20% shooting, sure, but he was also just skating 17 minutes a night. It seems like he's been in the league for a while now but it's just his third season, he doesn't turn 22 until August, and has fewer than 120 regular season games under his belt. He is a very good puck mover and once he starts putting it all together consistently, he will be a