Mikko Koskinen
Mikko Koskinen
30-Year-Old GoalieG
Edmonton Oilers
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Koskinen, 30, signed a one-year contract with the Oilers earlier this offseason and appears to have a legitimate shot to make the team as Cam Talbot's backup with Al Montoya being far from a roster lock after a shaky 2017-18 campaign. Last season, playing in the KHL, Koskinen appeared in 29 games, posting a GAA of 1.57 and a .937 save percentage. Those numbers were enough to convince Edmonton's front office to give him $2.5 million. The backup battle in Edmonton will be something to monitor closely once training camps open. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $13.5 million contract extension with the Oilers in January of 2019.
Wins 25th game
GEdmonton Oilers
April 6, 2019
Koskinen stopped 30 of 31 shots in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Flames.
ANALYSIS
Koskinen excelled in the season finale, allowing the Oilers to come out victorious over their biggest rivals. He improved to 25-21-6, and finished the year with a 2.93 GAA and a .906 save percentage. Koskinen signed a three-year extension with the Oilers in January, and will likely enter next season as the favorite for the top netminding job.
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Koskinen still remains the property of the Islanders but is currently playing in the KHL. His chances of playing for New York is slim: the team went out and traded for Jaroslav Halak and signed Chad Johnson in free agency to back him up. He certainly won't play for the Isles this season and the smart money would bet that he probably will not in the future.
Koskinen had a solid season last year playing in Finland and may have had a shot to play for the Islanders if not for the re-signing of Evgeni Nabokov. With Rick DiPietro no longer with the organization and Kevin Poulin slated to backup Nabokov, Koskinen could at the very least earn a share of playing time with Bridgeport of the AHL.
Koskinen played in Finland last season but don't let that fool you, the only reason he wasn't in Bridgeport (AHL) is because the Isles have quite a few goaltending prospects in their system and haven't given up on Rick DiPietro yet. Whether or not you include DiPietro, Koskinen is still no better than fourth on the depth chart, behind Evgeni Nabokov, Kevin Poulin and Anders Nilsson. A talented youngster, Koskinen may need to remain in Europe once again to play everyday against decent competition.
Koskinen clearly wasn't ready for the NHL last season but was pressed into action due to the glut of injuries the Isles suffered in net. Even though his play was uneven, he did impress the Isles with poise, and showed enough potential for the team to believe he has a future with the club. The problem is the Isles have quite a few goaltending prospects and Koskinen may be not better than fourth on the depth chart.
The Islanders selected Koskinen 31st overall in the 2008 draft as a possible replacement for Rick DiPietro, but like DiPietro missed most of last season due to injury. Koskinen only played six games before suffering a hip injury. Though he is healthy now, the injury did cost him a year of development. Best case scenario is for Koskinen to make his NHL debut in 2011-12 but that is extremely optimistic.
The Islanders drafted Koskinen in the second round of the 2009 Entry Draft and he automatically became the team's top goalie prospect. He can cover a lot of space as he stands at about 6-foot-7, but definitely needs time to adjust to North American hockey. He will stay at Bridgeport for at least a year, if not a bit longer.
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In net Saturday
GEdmonton Oilers
April 6, 2019
Koskinen will defend the net during Saturday's regular-season finale against the Flames.
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Yields six goals in two periods
GEdmonton Oilers
April 2, 2019
Koskinen allowed six goals on 29 shots in a 6-2 loss to the Avalanche on Tuesday.
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Starting in Colorado
GEdmonton Oilers
April 2, 2019
Koskinen will guard the goal in Tuesday's road game against the Avalanche, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
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Winless in three straight
GEdmonton Oilers
April 1, 2019
Koskinen made 28 saves on 30 shots in Monday's 3-1 loss to the Golden Knights.
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Starting in Sin City
GEdmonton Oilers
April 1, 2019
Koskinen will tend the road goal for Monday's game against Vegas, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
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