One of the most decidedly Finnish names and prospects out there, The Black and Gold now welcomes 18 year old defender Urho Vaakanainen from his travels on Team Finland and as a defender for JYP and Espoo Blue s in the Finnish Liiga.
Impressive on-ice awareness, and experience far beyond his years, playing with great anticipation of a breakout, rarely allowing rushing opportunities to get past him.
Indeed, this allowed him to get into the Finnish Liiga at the ripe age of 16 for Espoo, and spend the next few years going all over for the Finnish national team before settling in with JYP for a year Much faster skating than you might peg a player with his skillset A hard shot Mostly universal praise of his passing accuracy, able to get long passes to rushing forwards Advanced awareness around the net Penalty killing, which as a defenseman is always a plus!
The current trajectory for him this year is to go play for the Liiga team SaiPa.
Funny how that works out, right?And of course he’s uh...gonna have to not wear the number “7”.
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- NHL Draft Results: Bruins Continue To Build Solid Group Of DefensemenNESN.com
- Bruins take Finnish defenseman Vaakanainen in first roundThe Providence Journal
- Know Urho: A collection of Vaakanainen scouting reportsStanley Cup of Chowder
- NHL Draft 2017: Boston Bruins select Urho Vaakanainen with 18th overall pickMassLive.com
- NHL Draft: When are the Bruins picking on Day 2?Stanley Cup of Chowder
- Anderson: Hype and history aside, Bruins had no draft night deal to closeWEEI.com
- Bruins pick Finnish defenseman Urho Vaakanainen at No. 18Boston.com