New York Islanders Daily: Mitch Korn’s Impact on Young Goalies

By Matt O'Leary
DALLAS, TX - JUNE 23: Jakub Skarek talks with the media after being selected 72nd overall by the New York Islanders during the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on June 23, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - JUNE 23: Jakub Skarek talks with the media after being selected 72nd overall by the New York Islanders during the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on June 23, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images) /
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The New York Islanders bringing in Mitch Korn is going to pay dividends. Especially for the young goalies like Jakub Skarek, Linus Soderstrom, and possibly Ilya Sorokin.

This offseason, when Barry Trotz was brought in to coach the New York Islanders, everyone dreamed of getting Mitch Korn to join him. He didn’t come as the Goalie Coach, instead, Korn oversees all goalie operations.

Right now it’s rookie camp for the Islanders at Northwell Health Ice Camp. Korn was on the ice working with four of the goalies who are in the Islanders system.

Yesterday, Korn focused on how improving on something as minimal as a tenth of a second can help you out immensely. For goalies, a tenth of a second is the difference of an acrobatic save and the puck hitting the back of the net.

Jakub Skarek, who the Islanders drafted in this past draft, had this to say about Korn’s presence:

"“I got a chance to meet Mitch Korn, one of the greatest goalie coaches in the world. When I grew up, Dominik Hasek was my idol and I know (Korn) helped him in Buffalo.”"

The fact that the youngsters recognize how much of a legend Korn is, is a fantastic sign. If anything is going to pry Ilya Sorokin away from the KHL it’s working with Mitch Korn.

Bringing in Korn doesn’t just help the Islanders in the short term with Thomas Greiss and Robin Lehner, it’ll help them with the big picture as well attracting goalies who will want to work with Mitch.

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