Remember just a few short months ago when Oilers fans cringed at the thought of Mikko Koskinen? The Mikko Koskinen signing in the summer was a heavy topic of conversation in Oilersnation and the sound of his name made many people frown.
I am guilty of these thoughts, and after watching Koskinen play in the preseason I was even more upset with Peter Chiarelli signing him and the situation we were in. Isn’t that hilarious? I guarantee you that there’s not one person on this planet that thought Mikko Koskinen, a man who played only four NHL games eight years ago, would currently have a 7-0 record at home with the Edmonton Oilers.
Mikko Koskinen isn’t starting tonight against the Blues as Cam Talbot has an excellent record against them at home. However, I’m here to remind you how GOOD Koskinen has been playing and what an extremely pleasant surprise he’s been for this team and these fans. After 17 games played, Koskinen has 11 wins, a .928 S%, and a 2.18 GAA.
Koskinen currently sits third in the league in GAA behind Pekka Rinne and Adin Hill (who’s only played nine games). He also sits fourth in S% behind Laurent Brossoit, Jaroslav Halak, and Andrei Vasilevskiy. Brossoit has also only played 9 games but side note – who would have expected him to be putting up these numbers with Winnipeg this year also? I’m happy for the guy and truly think he needed a change of scenery from here in Edmonton.
Mikko Koskinen Career Stats
|2015-16||St. Petersburg SKA||KHL||41||4||2379||96||3||2.42||20||18||1034||0.915||15||2|
|2016-17||St. Petersburg SKA||KHL||23||2||6||1387||48||3||2.08||14||6||3||524||0.916||15||1|
|2017-18||St. Petersburg SKA||KHL||29||4||1718||45||5||1.57||22||4||1||671||0.937||15|