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58 Urho Vaakanainen D

Boston Bruins

Fantasy Stats
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Key Stats
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0002016:51

Player Updates

February 9, 2020 06:36 PM
Bruins' Urho Vaakanainen: Sent to Providence
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

February 9, 2020 02:48 PM
Bruins' Urho Vaakanainen: Summoned to The Show
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

November 23, 2019 02:12 PM
Bruins' Urho Vaakanainen: Shipped back to minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

November 18, 2019 10:32 AM
Bruins' Urho Vaakanainen: Recalled from minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Bruins have recalled Vaakanainen from AHL Providence.

Vaakanainen will return to the big club after a brief demotion and is thus a candidate to suit up Tuesday night against New Jersey. The 2017 first-rounder hasn't recorded a point in his three games with Boston this season, though he has logged a plus-1 rating in that span.

November 17, 2019 03:04 PM
Bruins' Urho Vaakanainen: Promptly sent down
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Bruins reassigned Vaakanainen to AHL Providence on Sunday.

The 20-year-old got his second taste of NHL action, suiting up in three games and going pointless while playing an average of 17:26 minutes. With Vaakanainen's demotion Sunday, it's likely that Torey Krug (upper body) is nearing a return to the ice after his IR stint.

November 11, 2019 12:36 PM
Bruins' Urho Vaakanainen: Recalled from minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vaakanainen was promoted from AHL Providence on Monday.

The move to call up Vaakanainen could be an indication that Torey Krug (upper body) won't be available against the Panthers on Tuesday. Even though Vaakanainen is joining the big club, he is unlikely to slot into the lineup over Steve Kampfer and figures to spend the bulk of the season in the minors.

September 26, 2019 03:48 PM
Bruins' Urho Vaakanainen: Sent to minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vaakanainen has been assigned to AHL Providence.

The 2017 first-rounder has established himself as the Bruins' top blue line prospect, but Vaakanainen will now head to Providence to gain some additional seasoning at the AHL level. The 20-year-old's calling cards are his smooth skating and good stick, but it remains to be seen what sort of offensive ceiling he has at the NHL level.

April 8, 2019 09:36 AM
Bruins' Urho Vaakanainen: Quiet in return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vaakanainen (upper body) failed to record a shot on net versus AHL Utica on Sunday.

Vaakanainen's recovery from his upper-body issue could open the door for him to be called up during the Bruins' postseason run. In the blueliner's two NHL appearances, he registered two shots and a minus-1 rating while averaging 9:06 of ice time. If he does get promoted, the Finn likely won't crack the lineup unless there are a couple of injuries.

March 15, 2019 01:01 PM
Bruins' Urho Vaakanainen: Sustains upper-body injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vaakanainen is dealing with an upper-body injury, Mark Divver of The Providence Journal reports.

The report notes that Vaakanainen's issue is not a concussion, but either way, the 2017 first-rounder won't be a call-up option for the Bruins in the short term. Down the road though, it's not hard to imagine the 20-year-old getting some time with the big club, when another left-shooting defender is needed. Through 28 games with AHL Providence this season, the smooth-skating Vaakanainen has notched 14 points, but it's notable that all four of his goals were tallied over his last four contests.

March 4, 2019 10:08 AM
Bruins' Urho Vaakanainen: Scores first two AHL goals
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vaakanainen scored twice and added an assist in AHL Providence's 5-2 win over Springfield on Sunday.

They were Vaakanainen's first two goals of the season. The lanky Finn began the season in Boston before being returned to the minors in October. He has played 25 games with Providence. Although he has never produced much offensively throughout the course of his short professional career, Vaakanainen has more offense to his game than he gets credit for. It doesn't figure to translate to fantasy value any time soon, but Vaakanainen is about ready to help the Bruins.

March 4, 2019 10:08 AM
Bruins' Urho Vaakanainen: Scores first two AHL goals
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vaakanainen scored twice and added an assist in AHL Providence's 5-2 win over Springfield on Sunday.

They were Vaakanainen's first two goals of the season. The lanky Finn began the season in Boston before being returned to the minors in October. He has played 25 games with Providence. Although he has never produced much offensively throughout the course of his short professional career, Vaakanainen has more offense to his game than he gets credit for. It doesn't figure to translate to fantasy value any time soon, but Vaakanainen is about ready to help the Bruins.

January 9, 2019 11:16 PM
Bruins' Urho Vaakanainen: Back with Providence
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vaakanainen was present for AHL Providence's Wednesday practice session, Mark Divver of The Providence Journal reports.

Vaakanainen is back with Providence after being a member of Finland's gold-medal winning team at the recent 2019 World Junior Championships. The 2017 first-rounder logged heavy minutes during that tournament, en route to logging four helpers in seven games. Now well past a concussion that previously limited him to six games with Providence and two with Boston, the 20-year-old will look to get back into the swing of things at the AHL level. The smooth-skating 6-foot-1, 187-pounder is a candidate for an NHL recall down the road, but the big club's blue-line corps is in good health at this time, with Charlie McAvoy (foot) nearing a return to action.

December 21, 2018 02:56 PM
Bruins' Urho Vaakanainen: Will join Finland at World Juniors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vaakanainen (concussion) will suit up for Finland at the 2019 World Junior Championships. Additionally, the defenseman has been removed from injured reserve, per the NHL media site.

By loaning Vaakanainen to Team Finland, the Bruins avoid having to make a decision on whether to keep him on the 23-man roster or send him back to AHL Providence now that he is healthy. At the latest, the 19-year-old will rejoin Boston in early January as he represents his country. What should happen when he returns will no doubt be a point of contention among the Bruins faithful.

December 20, 2018 01:28 PM
Bruins' Urho Vaakanainen: Returns to practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vaakanainen (concussion) participated in practice Wednesday, Eric Russo of the Bruins' official site reports.

Vaakanainen was wearing a non-contact jersey Wednesday and isn't ready to return to the lineup yet. Once he's cleared to play, it's possible that the Bruins could allow the young blueliner to play for Team Finland at the upcoming World Junior Championships. Prior to suffering his concussion, the 2018 first-rounder did not record a point in two games with Boston.

December 18, 2018 12:32 AM
Bruins' Urho Vaakanainen: Nearing return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Bruins are hoping Vaakanainen (concussion) will be able to practice Wednesday, Matt Porter of The Boston Globe reports.

Vaakanainen was dealing with the flu a week ago, but the main reason for his extended absence has been because of lingering concussion symptoms. If Wednesday's practice goes well for him, there's an outside chance he could play Thursday against the Canadiens, although the Bruins likely want to see a handful of practices out of him before taking the next step.

December 11, 2018 12:56 PM
Bruins' Urho Vaakanainen: Hit with flu bug
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vaakanainen -- who is on injured reserve due to a concussion -- is dealing with the flu as well, Matt Porter of The Boston Globe reports.

Vaakanainen could be nearing a return from his 21-game absence, but falling ill won't help his chances of playing soon. Even once given the green light to play, the defenseman could struggle to pry a spot in the lineup away from Steve Kampfer or John Moore.

November 30, 2018 01:24 AM
Bruins' Urho Vaakanainen: Still on IR
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vaakanainen (concussion) remains on injured reserve ahead of Thursday's home game against the Islanders, according to the NHL's official media site.

The Bruins would have announced Vaakanainen's activation by now if he was fit to play in the upcoming contest. He'll miss his 16th consecutive game for a Boston team that ranks fourth in the Atlantic Division with 30 team points.

November 23, 2018 12:32 PM
Bruins' Urho Vaakanainen: Will miss at least two more games
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vaakanainen (concussion) will not play Saturday evening against the Canadiens, per Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy, Conor Ryan of MassLive.com reports.

Reading between the lines, Vaakaninen will miss the back-to-back set of games, starting with Friday's home clash with the Penguins. The rookie remains on injured reserve along with three other Bruins defensemen.

November 20, 2018 12:24 AM
Bruins' Urho Vaakanainen: Will meet team in Detroit
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vaakanainen (concussion) will meet the team in Detroit but won't be in the lineup Wednesday. Meanwhile, Boston is calling his status for the weekend "questionable."

The 19-year-old Finn has dressed in only two games this season, failing to register a point in either. Meanwhile, Vaakanainen will hope to get back into the lineup once he's recovered from a concussion suffered back on Oct. 23.

November 13, 2018 12:23 PM
Bruins' Urho Vaakanainen: Won't be on first leg of road trip
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vaakanainen (concussion) will not travel with the Bruins for a four-game road trip, though he could accompany the team before the trip concludes in Detroit on Nov. 21.

Vaakanainen has reportedly been skating as part of the rehab process, but the B's evidently feel it's best to keep him in Boston versus having him embark on a road trip out west. The Finn has drawn into two games at the top level so far, averaging 9:06 of ice time in the process.

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Career Stats
SeasonteamGPGAPTS+/-PPSHGWFWFL
2019-20BOS5200000
2018-19BOS2-100000
Total7000100000
More Career Stats
SeasonteamGPSOGS%TOI/GSHIFTSPPTOISHTOIPIMMJRMSCMNR
2019-20BOS520.016:511111.776.020000
2018-19BOS220.09:06250.000.880000
Total740.014:341361:466:540000
 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-1/185
Birthdate:
1/1/1999
Age:
21
Hometown:
Joensuu, Finland
Team:
Boston Bruins
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NHL Experience: