Mikko Koskinen

Mikko Koskinen

35-Year-Old GoalieG
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2023 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Mikko Koskinen in 2023. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a two-year contract with HC Lugano (NLA) in June of 2022.
Inks overseas deal
GFree Agent
June 13, 2022
Koskinen agreed to terms on a two-year contract with Swiss club HC Lugano on Monday.
ANALYSIS
The writing was definitely on the wall for Koskinen that he wasn't going to be back in Edmonton once his contract expired this season. Despite veteran Mike Smith posting a 3.37 GAA in 16 postseason contests, the team continued to utilize him over Koskinen. At 33 years of age, this could mark the end of Koskinen's NHL career -- he's played in 168 games over five years in which he's registered an 85-60-13 record and .906 save percentage.
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Koskinen began the year as Edmonton's unquestioned No. 1 goaltender, but he lost significant playing time to Mike Smith as the year progressed and found himself benched by the time the playoffs rolled around. All told, Koskinen finished with a 13-13-0 record, a 3.17 GAA and an .899 save percentage, incomprehensible numbers for a goalie on a team which employs both Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. Koskinen has one year left on his deal with a cap hit of $4.5 million. Smith, who signed a new two-year deal this offseason, is going to open the 2021-22 campaign as the Oilers' starter and Koskinen will have to fight off the newly signed Alex Stalock for the backup role.
Koskinen compiled a solid 18-13-3 record with a 2.75 GAA, a .917 save percentage and one shutout in 38 games last year. He split time nearly evenly with Mike Smith, but it was Koskinen who had the hot hand at the end of the regular season. Heading into 2020-21, it's likely that arrangement between the two goalies will remain. Koskinen has the higher upside, but his lack of a workhorse role will limit him to second- or third-tier status in the fantasy game. The 32-year-old will likely start around half of the Oilers' games next year and could see a slight regression in his ratio stats.
Koskinen is entering the first year of a three-year contract that will pay him $4.5 million through 2021-22, so the Finnish netminder certainly has something to prove in 2019-20. He made 55 appearances a year ago, posting a 25-21-6 record with a 2.93 GAA and .906 save percentage. Now, a year removed from receiving the lion's share of starts, Koskinen is sure to face stiff competition from Mike Smith next season, with the most likely outcome being a platoon arrangement. Koskinen profiles as a decent No. 2 fantasy goalie, but he should not be relied upon too heavily.
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.
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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Strong in relief outing
GEdmonton Oilers  Foreign
May 31, 2022
Koskinen yielded one goal on 21 shots in relief of Mike Smith during Tuesday's 8-6 loss to the Avalanche in Game 1.
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Makes brief appearance
GEdmonton Oilers  Foreign
May 22, 2022
Koskinen played 4:15 during Sunday's 4-1 win over the Flames in Game 3 while Mike Smith was being examined for a possible concussion.
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Takes loss in relief outing
GEdmonton Oilers  Foreign
May 18, 2022
Koskinen stopped 32 of 37 shots in relief of Mike Smith in a 9-6 loss to the Flames in Wednesday's Game 1.
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Prevails in shootout
GEdmonton Oilers  Foreign
April 29, 2022
Koskinen stopped 39 of 41 shots in Friday's 3-2 shootout win over the Canucks.
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Starting Friday's finale
GEdmonton Oilers  Foreign
April 29, 2022
Koskinen will start Friday's season finale against Vancouver, Derek Van Diest of Postmedia reports.
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Still being shopped
GEdmonton Oilers  Foreign
July 29, 2021
Koskinen remains on the trade block as the Oilers attempt to offload him, per Tom Gazzola of TSN.ca.
ANALYSIS
Given all the goalie movement on the first day of free agency Wednesday, it's possible the potential landing spots for Koskinen have diminished. Add to the fact that he managed just 13 wins in 26 appearances with a 3.17 GAA and zero shutouts while carrying a $4.5 million cap hit and Edmonton may have to just settle for keeping the Finn as the No. 2 behind Mike Smith.
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