The Edmonton Oilers have signed goaltender Mikko Koskinen to a one-year contract. Financial details have not been released. The 29-year-old Finnish goaltender has spent the past four seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) as a member of SKA St. Petersburg. Koskinen was drafted 31st overall by the New York Islanders during the 2009 National Hockey League Entry Draft.
The #Oilers have agreed to terms with free agent goaltender Mikko Koskinen on a one-year contract. The 29-year-old just completed his 5th season in the KHL & 4th with SKA Saint Petersburg (1.99 GAA & .926 save percentage in that span). pic.twitter.com/YVElP2AR8p
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) May 1, 2018
Mikko Koskinen Signs with the Edmonton Oilers
The 6’7″, 209-pound goaltender has only logged four games at the NHL level, all during the 2010-11 season as a member of the Islanders. In those games, he logged 208 minutes of ice time and allowed 15 goals, with a goals average against of 4.33 and a save percentage of .873. Koskinen also spent three seasons with the Islanders American Hockey League affiliate- the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. During those three seasons, Koskinen only played in 41 games with a GAA of 2.92 and a save percentage of .901%.
In the KHL, Koskinen has played in 186 games. In those games, he has notched a GAA of 2.00 and a save percentage of .925. Earlier in April, Koskinen made it known to the press that he was interested in bringing his talents back to North America and the NHL. With the Oilers, Koskinen will be filling in the role of backup goaltender. He has plenty of experience at all levels of play from around the world and is a seasoned veteran.
Koskinen is a two-time Gagarin Cup Champion in the KHL (the trophy awarded to KHL playoff champions) and a two-time Silver Medalist at the World Championships (representing Team Finland).
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MOSCOW, RUSSIA – APRIL 8, 2018: SKA St Petersburg’s goaltender Mikko Koskinen (R) in Game 6 of the 2017/2018 Kontinental Hockey League Western Conference final best-of-seven playoff between CSKA Moscow and SKA St Petersburg at CSKA Arena; CSKA Moscow won the game 3 – 2. Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS (Photo by Stanislav KrasilnikovTASS via Getty Images)