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Korpikoski: I’ll send Phoenix DVDs of my Finnish league play, “to show that I can score on power play”

Oct 31, 2012, 10:58 AM EDT

Since signing with TPS Turku earlier this month, Coyotes forward Lauri Korpikoski has taken the SM-liiga by storm, scoring nine points in just four games — with much of his production coming on the man advantage.

Now, he has a message for Phoenix:

Put me on the power play.

Juha Hileta of Ilta-Sanomat provides the translation of a piece by Finnish broadcasting company Yle:

Statistically speaking, Korpikoski might have a legitimate beef with ‘Yotes head coach Dave Tippett.

The 26-year-old Finn has posted solid back-to-back seasons since coming to Phoenix (from the Rangers) in 2009. In 2010-11, he scored 19G-21A-40PTS in 79 games played and in 2011-12, posted 17G-20A-37PTS in 82 games — yet his time on the man advantage rarely reflects his ability to produce offensively.

Last season Korpikoski averaged just 43 power play seconds per game, which was less than Coyotes teammate Raffi Torres.

The year prior, he finished 18th on the team in average PP ice time — 41 seconds per game.

Now, do keep in mind racking up power play points against the likes of KalPa and Assat is hardly comparable to doing it against the Kings and Devils, and Korpikoski has yet to score a PPG over his 300-game NHL career.

But at the same time…this should make for an interesting conversation whenever the Coyotes’ season gets underway.

  1. mdhedley - Oct 31, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Korps is worth a shot. It’s not like anyone else in Phoenix can score on the power play.

  2. rainyday56 - Oct 31, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Gee, they must be really missing their hockey in Glendale right now . . . :)

    • thailer35 - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:51 PM

      Actually, we are. Dbacks were terrible. The Suns will be terrible. The Cardinals looked good for a little bit, but are returning to their usual form. The Coyotes are our most competitive team right now, and if it weren’t for the lockout, the fanbase could have continued to grow off of the momentum gained from last years success. Thanks to Gary and Co., I have to wait even longer now to see that long overdue division champs banner go up.

      • valoisvipers - Oct 31, 2012 at 3:47 PM

        I am pleased that there are fans like you there in Glendale and I do hope that more fans will join you in watching the Yotes, congrats to your great season and resigning Doan, he is a force and a true leader.

  3. proudliberal85392 - Nov 1, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    thailer35: I’m right here with you. Let’s get this going. 85392 = Avondale.

  4. valoisvipers - Oct 31, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Honor the contracts = 57%

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