Isles Look for Net Gains with Top 2009 Goalie Draft Pick Mikko Koskinen

July 14th, 2010 by Alan Bass Leave a reply »

Drafting a high-ranked goalie early on draft day can be a high risk/high reward situation.

On the one hand, you could end up with the next Roberto Luongo or Marc-Andre Fleury. But you could also end up with the next Brian Finley—the sixth overall pick in the 1999 draft who has appeared in only four NHL games since being drafted.

Mikko Koskinen, the top-drafted goalie (31st overall) in the 2009 draft, is just as much a mystery as any other netminder vying for a spot in the NHL. Numerous questions surround Koskinen regarding his talent, potential, and chances to succeed in North America.

Playing for the Espoo Blues’ under-18 team in 2004-05 as a 16-year-old, the Finn put up meager stats, including an .867 save percentage. That number improved slightly to .883 in his second year with the team, yet his GAA inflated to a whopp ...

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