When the Blues drafted Paul Karpowich in the 7th round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, not many knew who he was, other than his data said he was a goalie. Two years have passed, and the question remains, Who is Paul Karpowich?
Karpowich is not one of the team's high profile prospects. He doesn't play for a powerhouse college team. He isn't a flash and awe type player, but he's solid, and some would say very underrated. Paul and I have been chatting recently, and some of the blanks have been filled in.
St. Louis Game Time : You were a seventh round pick of the Blues back in 2008, do you think you've progressed well since you've been drafted?
Paul Karpowich : I definitely think I have progressed since being drafted. Playing for Clarkson University has been great for my development. I have been fortunate enough to stay healthy and have got a lot of playing time. The entire coaching staff, especially my goalie coach Chris Rogles have helped me to improve and continue to develop as a goaltender.
GT : Playing for Clarkson, what are your best memories thus far?
Karpowich : Playing at Clarkson has been an amazing experience. There are so many good memories I have from there, both on and off the ice. Most of the memories involve my teammates. We've got a really good group of guys there and that's the reason I've had such an enjoyable time there.
GT : What is the high point of your career thus far?
Karpowich : The high point off my career without a doubt came my freshman year. It was our home opener and we were playing number one ranked Colorado College. We all knew what a challenge his would be but we came away with two ties (1-1 and 2-2). These were also the first two college games my parents ever saw me play, which made it extra special.
GT : Is there timeline for when you might turn pro?
Karpowich : I'd really like to get my degree before turning pro but will have to wait and see what happens.
GT : As a Blues fan myself, I can speak for most when I say that we don't know much about you. Can you tell us a bit?
Karpowich : Well I'm from Thunder Bay which is in northern Ontario and if you haven't been here you aren't missing much. There isn't a whole lot to do here apart from fish, hunt and play hockey. So that's basically all I do. I get out on the lakes as much as possible in the summer and get out ice fishing when I come home for Christmas.
GT : What style of goaltending do you play? Is there a certain goalie you try and mold yourself after?
Karpowich : I'm a butterfly goalie like most are these days. I've always modelled myself after Patrick Roy. He's been my favourite goalie since I started playing. If I had to pick a current goalie it would be Jaroslav Halak. He is very athletic, quick, and determined. I look forward to learning a lot from him.
GT : I've asked this a few times to the players I interview, if you weren't playing hockey, what would you be doing?
Karpowich : If I wasn't playing hockey I don't know what I'd be doing. Hockey is my life. I'd be lost without it. If I had to pick something.......being a professional fisherman wouldn't be too bad!
Thanks to Paul for spending some time with us as I personally enjoyed this one quite a bit. Hopefully we've learned more about Paul that we didn't know before. Hopefully he has the potential to make it to the NHL and good luck at Clarkson in the meantime.