Several years ago, the New York Islanders lost a young goaltending prospect by the name of Mikko Koskinen when he returned to Finland to continue his professional hockey career. After two years in his home country, Koskinen has played six seasons in the KHL, and most recently suited up for Finland at the Olympics. He was a star at both levels this season, recording a .931 save percentage during league play and a .932 mark at the Games.
Now, it sounds like he’s coming back to the NHL. Igor Eronko of Sport-Express reports that Koskinen will leave SKA St. Petersburg for an NHL return, though it’s not clear where that will be. Though there have been reports indicating a possible return to the Islanders, Eronko calls that scenario “unlikely.”
Noted for his playoff dominance over the years, it’s interesting to see where Koskinen would land and what kind of a role he could carve out. It seems unlikely that he’d be given the crease as a starter right away, but at 29 years old it’s not like he has much developing left to do.