Since joining the Edmonton Oilers as a free agent during the 2018 offseason, Mikko Koskinen has drawn criticism from many due to his inconsistent play. At times, he appears to have all the makings of a very good NHL goaltender, but he can never seem to string together a series of great games. Perhaps even more frustrating to both fans and media alike is that while he is capable of making highlight-reel saves, he also gives up his fair share of very soft goals.
Despite the overall perception of him now, Oilers fans were quite high on him through the first half of the 2018-19 season, one in which he
surpassed Cam Talbot as the team’s starter things to a solid 2.79 goals-against average (GAA) along with a .910 save percentage (SV%) prior to the All-Star Break.
Thanks to the solid play, former general manager Peter Chiarelli rewarded the goaltender with a three-year, $13.5 million extension. Since nearly the minute that deal was signed, things have gone downhill for the 6-foot-8 netminder, and plenty of the Oilers’ fanbase is ready to see him go. From the sounds of things, that may be exactly the case, as the 33-year-old is believed to have a deal in place overseas for the 2022-23 season.