Blue Jackets Add Korpisalo on Emergency Recall


CLEVELAND – In advance of a Friday home clash vs. the Chicago Wolves at The Q, Cleveland’s Lake Erie Monsters announced Wednesday that rookie goaltender Joonas Korpisalo was added to the Columbus Blue Jackets’ roster on emergency recall for the first time this season. Selected by Columbus in the third round of the 2012 NHL Draft with the 62nd overall pick, Korpisalo is 5-4-2 with two shutouts, a 2.12  goals-against average (GAA) and a .928 save percentage (S%) in 11 appearances for the Monsters so far this season.

A 21 year-old native of Pori, Finland, Korpisalo appeared in three AHL games for the Springfield Falcons last season, posting a record of 0-2-0 with a 3.20 GAA and a .878 S% in his first North American professional action. In 38 Liiga appearances for Ilves Tampere last season, Korpisalo registered a 14-13-7 record with a 2.34 GAA and a .919 S%. The 6’2”, 172 lb. net-minder logged time with six teams in three European leagues in 2013-14, including eight appearances for Ilves Tampere, for whom Korpisalo posted a 3-1-0 mark with a 1.42 GAA and a .957 S%.

The Monsters also announced on Wednesday that goaltender Brad Thiessen was recalled from the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones. A 5’11”, 171 lb. seventh-year pro from Aldergrove, British Columbia, Thiessen is 7-3-3 in 14 appearances this season for Cincinnati with a 2.00 GAA and a .932 S%. A participant in the Blue Jackets’ and Monsters’ training camps this season, Thiessen appeared in five NHL games for the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 2011-12 season, posting a 3-1-0 record with a 3.72 GAA and a .877 S%. In 201 career AHL appearances spanning parts of six seasons from 2009 to 2015 for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Norfolk Admirals and Adirondack Flames, Thiessen has 20 shutouts to his credit, along with a combined GAA of 2.54 and a S% of .908.

Prior to his professional career, Thiessen posted a 52-46-12 record in 111 NCAA appearances for Northeastern University with nine shutouts, a 2.40 GAA and a .922 S% spanning three seasons from 2006 to 2009. Curing his collegiate career, Thiessen was named a finalist for the 2008-09 Hobey Baker Award as college hockey’s top player and earned 2008-09 Hockey East Player of the Year honors.

Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Friday clash vs. the Chicago Wolves with full coverage from The Q underway at 7:00 pm on ESPN 850 WKNR and simulcast on SportsTime Ohio.