Prospect Report 1/30/12: Goalie Edition

On this edition of the prospect report I will take a look at two Islanders goaltending prospects in the Islanders system and see where they could fit in with the team in the future. I will look at Mikko Koskinen and Cody Rosen, two goaltender prospects that are fighting for a spot in an already crowded Islanders crease.

Mikko Koskinen is a goalie prospect most Islanders fan are familiar with because he has already made his Islanders debut last season. He was drafted in the 2nd round (31st Overall) in the 2009 entry draft. The big Finnish goalie (6’-7” tall) is currently playing in the Finnish Elite League for KalPa. He was assigned to the league after the start of the current season when it was decided that having three goaltenders in Bridgeport was not a good plan for their development. His stats so far this season aren’t bad as he has currently played in 15 games, winning 8 of them with a 1.92 goals against average. These are very good stat for playing in a very good European league.

Mikko’s biggest asset is his size as he can cover most of the net especially when he drops down in a butterfly. He just needs more experience with the North American style of hockey and the types of shooters he could face in the NHL. He has good puck awareness and can anticipate plays to make sure he is in the right spot to makes saves. If he is able to find a place on Bridgeport next season he should be able to continue his development. The current problem is the Islanders are currently full of goaltenders. Rick DiPietro is still in the middle of his 15 year contract that makes it near impossible to move him and Al Montoya is showing he is a very good goaltender worthy of a spot in the NHL. Meanwhile in Bridgeport the Islanders have Andres Nilsson and Kevin Poulin who are proving to both be great NHL prospects as well. This doesn’t look good for Koskinen as he needs to play in North America in order to get better and prepare for the NHL. The biggest indicator for Koskinen’s development would be to watch the Islanders this off-season and see how they handle the players they currently have in the NHL and how it could possibly open a spot in Bridgeport for Koskinen.

Cody Rosen was drafted in the 7th round (185th overall) in 2010 and has been a mystery to me since he was drafted. When Cody was drafted he was 3rd on the Clarkson University depth chart as a freshman and only played one period during the season. He is still currently third on the depth chart in his junior season which doesn’t say much to his development at the university. This season he has only made one appearance in which he played 27 minutes and allowed 4 goals on 19 shots.

It seems that at the time he was drafted there were other goalies available that were better but Garth still picked him. It doesn’t seem like he has improved during his time at Clarkson as he is still unable to break into the top two goalies on the team in three years. He may become a prospect that doesn’t make it to the NHL and seems a stretch to even make it to Bridgeport.  Unless Cody really starts to impress at the college level he could become a lost prospect.

These two prospects could become solid goaltenders but on the Islanders who are currently loaded with goalie prospects it is a tall order. Mikko seems like the stronger prospect with the better chance to make it to the Islanders but you never know what may happen.

As always thanks for reading and feel free to comment below about some Islanders prospect that you would like me to look at.

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Rob McGowan's picture

I think we may be starting to see the Poulin era starting after being called up last night to play the Hurricanes. If that is the case I would expect to see Koskinen back in the AHL next season.