Mikko Koskinen

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Mikko Koskinen
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Born (1988-07-18) 18 July 1988 (age 30)
Vantaa, Finland
Height 6 ft 7 in (201 cm)
Weight 209 lb (95 kg; 14 st 13 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team
Former teams
Edmonton Oilers
Espoo Blues
New York Islanders
KalPa
Sibir Novosibirsk
SKA Saint Petersburg
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 31st overall, 2009
New York Islanders
Playing career 2008–present

Mikko Koskinen (born 18 July 1988) is a Finnish professional ice hockey goaltender currently holding the starting position for the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL).[1] Koskinen was drafted 31st overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders.

Playing career[edit]

Koskinen was drafted 31st overall by the New York Islanders in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft after playing for the Espoo Blues in the Finnish SM-liiga. He was the first goalie taken in the draft as well as the first Finnish player selected. Prior to the draft he was the second ranked European goaltender by NHL Central Scouting Bureau.[2]

On 13 July 2009, Koskinen signed a three-year entry level contract with the New York Islanders. In the 2009–10 season, his first in North America, Koskinen was assigned to the Islanders affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, to start the year. After only two appearances with the Sound Tigers, he suffered a torn labrum in his hip which required surgery and ruled him out for the majority of the season.[3] On 19 March 2010, after four months of rehab, Koskinen returned to health and was reassigned to the secondary Islanders affiliate, the Utah Grizzlies, for the remainder of the year.[4] Undefeated in six starts with the Grizzlies, he helped the Grizzlies reach the conference semi-finals before returning to the Sound Tigers' first round playoff series on 18 April 2010.[5]

Koskinen made his NHL debut on 8 February 2011 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Islanders were defeated 5-3.[6] He earned his first career NHL win two days later in a 4-3 shootout victory over the Montreal Canadiens.

On 12 November 2011, Koskinen returned to Finland, signing with KalPa.[7]

In 2013, Koskinen left Finland to play for Sibir Novosibirsk in the KHL. Part way through the 2014-15 season he was traded to SKA Saint Petersburg for fellow goaltender Alexander Salák. Koskinen and his team went on to win the Gagarin Cup, the KHL championship trophy in April 2015 and 2017.

On 1 May 2018, Koskinen agreed to terms on a one year, $2.5 million contract with the Edmonton Oilers in the NHL, which was formalised 1 July 2018.[8]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Representing  Finland
Ice hockey
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2016 Russia
Silver medal – second place 2014 Belarus

Koskinen has represented Finland in the World Championships in 2014 and 2016. In 2016, he was included in the All-Star Team and was named the best goaltender.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

Koskinen with KalPa in 2011.

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2006–07 Kiekko-Vantaa Jr. A 27 16 8 3 1567 62 3 2.37 .927
2007–08 Blues Jr. A 20 12 4 4 1176 45 2 2.30 .907 2 0 2 81 7 0 5.18
2007–08 Blues SM-l 1 1 0 0 60 0 1 0.00 1.000
2008–09 Blues Jr. A 9 9 0 0 545 15 2 1.65 .930
2008–09 Blues SM-l 33 17 9 7 1921 61 1 1.91 .932 14 6 8 856 37 0 2.59 .912
2009–10 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 2 1 1 0 123 5 0 2.45 .902 3 1 1 147 7 0 2.85 .900
2009–10 Utah Grizzlies ECHL 6 6 0 0 360 15 0 2.50 .924 4 2 1 0 172 10 3.49 .899
2010–11 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 36 12 21 1 2063 120 0 3.49 .892
2010–11 New York Islanders NHL 4 2 1 0 208 15 0 4.33 .873
2011–12 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 3 0 2 0 149 7 0 2.82 .909
2011–12 KalPa SM-l 25 13 5 4 1382 53 5 2.30 .917 6 3 2 323 12 2 2.23 .890
2012–13 KalPa SM-l 49 21 15 13 2953 101 7 2.05 .919 5 1 4 295 10 1 2.03 .936
2013–14 Blues Liiga 2 1 0 1 121 5 0 2.47 .915
2013–14 Sibir Novosibirsk KHL 41 20 11 8 2361 67 3 1.70 .939 10 4 5 607 20 1 1.98 .928
2014–15 Sibir Novosibirsk KHL 29 16 11 1 1564 58 3 2.22 .921
2014–15 SKA Saint Petersburg KHL 21 9 8 2 1270 40 1 1.89 .927 22 16 6 1377 37 3 1.61 .936
2015–16 SKA Saint Petersburg KHL 41 20 18 0 2379 96 3 2.42 .915 15 8 7 981 24 5 1.47 .949
2016–17 SKA Saint Petersburg KHL 23 14 6 3 1387 48 3 2.08 .916 15 12 1 913 25 1 1.64 .938
2017–18 SKA Saint Petersburg KHL 29 22 4 1 1718 45 5 1.57 .937 15 10 5 924 25 4 1.62 .935
Liiga totals 108 52 29 25 6316 215 14 2.04 .928 25 10 14 1474 59 3 2.40 .914
KHL totals 184 101 58 15 10680 354 18 1.99 .926 77 50 24 4801 131 14 1.64 .938
NHL totals 4 2 1 0 208 15 0 4.33 .873

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP W L OT MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2014 Finland WC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1 0 1 0 58 4 0 4.12 .846
2016 Finland WC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 8 7 1 0 479 9 1 1.13 .947
2018 Finland OG 6th 5 3 2 0 297 8 0 1.62 .931
Senior totals 14 10 4 0 834 21 1 1.52 .932

Awards[edit]

International[edit]

Award Year(s) awarded
Euro Hockey Tour Winner 1st, gold medalist(s) 2017–18
World Championship All-Star Team 2016
World Championship Best Goaltender 2016

KHL[edit]

Award Year(s) awarded
1st, gold medalist(s) Gagarin Cup (KHL champion) 2014–15, 2016–17
1st, gold medalist(s) Continental Cup 2017–18
1st, gold medalist(s) Opening Cup 2017–18

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mikko Koskinen player profile". 1 May 2018. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  2. ^ "European Goaltender scouting final rankings". National Hockey League. 2009-07-15. Retrieved 2010-03-04.
  3. ^ "Sound Tigers notes". TheHour.com. 2009-10-29. Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2010-07-17.
  4. ^ "Islanders assign 31st overall pick Mikko Koskinen to Utah". oursportscentral.com. 2010-03-19. Retrieved 2010-07-17.
  5. ^ "Mikko Koskinen likely to start today for Bridgeport". Islandershockeyblog.com. 2010-04-18. Retrieved 2010-07-17.
  6. ^ "Resurgent Leafs top Islanders and surprise starter". The Sports Network. 2011-02-08. Retrieved 2011-02-08.
  7. ^ "Garth Snow: No trades on the horizon". Newsday. 12 November 2011. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
  8. ^ "Oilers sign KHL G Koskinen to $2.5M deal". 1 May 2018. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Media All Stars" (PDF). IIHF. 22 May 2016.

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