Monday, March 24, 2014

Mikko Koskinen Redemption Autograph Card

Mikko Koskinen was the New York Islanders' second-round pick (31st overall) in 2009, so you'd think they would have given ample time and space to become a regular NHL player, but luck and circumstances had other plans.

Two games in his first North American season (with the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers), he suffered a torn labrum in  his hip which caused him to miss most of the season save for 6 ECHL games to regain form and 7 playoff games.

2010-11 saw him play the bulk of the Sound Tigers' games and 4 with the Isles (including his first NHL win against the Montréal Canadiens), but he kind of fell out of favour the next year, as Kevin Poulin and Anders Nilsson got the AHL spots and Evgeni Nabokov, Rick DiPietro and Al Montoya battled it out in the NHL, so Koskinen made the move back to his native Finland.

He is currently playing for Sibir Novosibirsk Oblast in the KHL.

This card was a redemption from a pack of Panini's 2011-12 Score (card #520 of the Hot Rookies sub-set) and is signed in blue sharpie on a sticker. It shows him wearing the Isles least-awful white (away) uniform:

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