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Boston Bruins

Fantasy Stats
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Key Stats
GAPTS+/-PIMTOI
022-1020:56

Player Updates

February 28, 2021 09:16 PM
Bruins' Urho Vaakanainen: Dropped to taxi squad
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vaakanainen was reassigned to the taxi squad Sunday, CBS Sports reports.

Vaakanainen has been in Boston's lineup for the last four games, averaging over 20 minutes of ice time during that span. The Bruins are dealing with several injuries on the blue line, so he should be back in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Capitals.

February 25, 2021 04:24 PM
Bruins' Urho Vaakanainen: Skates with McAvoy
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vaakanainen is slated to work on the Bruins' top defensive pairing along with Charlie McAvoy in Thursday night's game against the Islanders, Eric Russo of the team's official site reports.

With Boston's blue line depth currently taxed by injuries, Vaakanainen, who logged an assist in his season debut Sunday against the Flyers, will remain in the team's lineup Thursday. Once Matt Grzelcyk (lower body) and Kevan Miller (knee) return to action, the Bruins will have some decisions to make, but Vaakanainen could force the team's hand if he meshes well with McAvoy, whose usual defensive partner Jeremy Lauzon will miss about four weeks with a hand injury.

February 22, 2021 12:00 AM
Bruins' Urho Vaakanainen: Earns first NHL point
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vaakanainen recorded an assist and three shots on goal in Sunday's 7-3 win over the Flyers.

Sunday's game at Lake Tahoe will be one to remember for Vaakanainen, who had the secondary assist on the second of David Pastrnak's three goals. That helper was Vaakanainen's first NHL point. The first-round pick from 2017 had gone without a point in first seven career games. The Finn may see more time in the lineup if Jeremy Lauzon's upper-body injury from Sunday costs him additional games.

February 17, 2021 09:40 PM
Bruins' Urho Vaakanainen: Jumps to active roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vaakanainen was recalled from AHL Providence to the taxi squad Wednesday, per CapFriendly.

Matt Grzelcyk (upper body) and Jakub Zboril (upper body) will both miss Thursday's game against the Devils. Vaakanainen adds depth among left-shooting defensemen. The 2017 first-round pick (18th overall) has gone pointless through three AHL games this season.

February 4, 2021 06:00 PM
Bruins' Urho Vaakanainen: Assigned to minor-league affiliate
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vaakanainen was assigned to AHL Providence on Thursday, Mark Divver of the New England Hockey Journal reports.

Vaakanainen has yet to appear in a game with the Bruins this season, so this move doesn't come as a surprise. The 2017 first-round pick will likely spend most of the campaign in the minors, but he could get a few looks with the big club, too.

January 4, 2021 12:44 PM
Bruins' Urho Vaakanainen: Back from loan
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

November 23, 2020 11:56 AM
Bruins' Urho Vaakanainen: Loaned overseas
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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.

Last 7 Games
DateOpponentResultGAPTS+/-TOI
02/28@ NYRW 4-1000+221:21
02/26@ NYRL 2-6000-219:39
02/25@ NYIL 2-7011-119:17
02/21vs PHIW 7-3011023:28
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Career Stats
SeasonteamGPGAPTS+/-PPSHGWFWFL
2020-21BOS422-100000
2019-20BOS5200000
2018-19BOS2000-100000
Total11022000000
More Career Stats
SeasonteamGPSOGS%TOI/GSHIFTSPPTOISHTOIPIMMJRMSCMNR
2020-21BOS480.020:561080.236.700000
2019-20BOS520.016:511111.776.020000
2018-19BOS220.09:00250:000:530000
Total11120.016:542442:0013:360000
 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-1/189
Birthdate:
01/01/1999
Age:
22
Hometown:
Joensuu, Finland
Team:
Boston Bruins
School:

NHL Experience:
2