Vaakanainen is participating in the first day of training camp with the Bruins, which means that he has returned from his overseas loan to Finnish club SaiPa, Matt Porter of The Boston Globe reports. Vaakanainen will compete for a bottom-pairing role this season after dressing in five games for the Bruins last season. The 2017 first-round pick is still in search of his first NHL point, so his fantasy impact will likely remain minimal, even if he becomes a mainstay in the lineup.
Vaakanainen will start the 2020-21 season on loan with Finnish club SaiPa, Matt Porter of The Boston Globe reports. Vaakanainen saw action in five games for the Bruins last season in which he registered two shots, eight hits and three blocks while averaging 16:51 of ice time. Looking ahead to the upcoming campaign, the blueliner should earn additional opportunities to crack the lineup, though he won't offer more than mid-range fantasy value at best.
The Bruins reassigned Vaakanainen to AHL Providence on Sunday. Vaakanainen was called up Sunday morning because Jeremy Lauzon sat out against the Red Wings after being handed a two-game suspension. The 21-year-old didn't draw in, so he'll be sent back to Providence for now. Lauzon will also sit out Wednesday versus the Canadiens, so Vaakanainen may be recalled ahead of that contest.
The Bruins recalled Vaakanainen from AHL Providence on Sunday, freelance hockey writer Mark Divver reports. The 21-year-old will get another taste at the NHL level, as he's gone pointless through five contests this season. Brandon Carlo (personal) is back with the team Sunday, but it remains to be seen if he'll slot back into the lineup after a one-game absence, so Vaakanainen could draw into the lineup for Sunday's matchup.
The Bruins assigned Vaakanainen to AHL Providence on Saturday, freelance hockey writer Mark Divver reports. The B's are getting healthy on the blue line, so Vaakanainen's services are no longer needed. The 20-year-old blueliner slotted into five games during this NHL stint, but he's still seeking his first point at the top level.
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