Vaakanainen has been returned to AHL Providence, Mark Divver of the New England Hockey Journal reports.

Vaakanainen, who's notched two assists in eight games with the big club to date, is slated to work on Providence's top defensive pairing Thursday against against Hartford. The 2017 first-rounder is a candidate to recalled by Boston, but for now, he'll continue to polish his game at the AHL level.

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