2017 NHL Entry Draft

Urho Vaakanainen




Previous Team: Jyvaskyla JYP (Liiga)

Hockey Draft Central Ranking: No. 26

Vital Statistics

Position: D • Height: 6-1 • Weight: 187 • Shoots: Left
Birthdate: Jan. 1, 1999 • Hometown: Joensuu, Finland

Additional Information

Current Status: ACTIVE | STATS
Previous Team: Espoo Blues (Finland Liiga)
CHL Import Draft: 2016 by Windsor (Round 1, No. 39 Overall)
Agent: Jukka Tillikainen (The Sports Corporation)
Finland Liiga Debut: Nov. 13, 2015 (Espoo at Jyvaskyla)
First Liiga Goal: Jan. 9, 2016 (Espoo vs. Turku)

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Quotes from Major Draft Guides

• "He survived in the Liiga last year, but he didn't excel -- it didn't develop him. He has strong character, and he's physical, but he needs to develop his hockey sense." (Anonymous Scout, Hockey News Draft Preview)

• "Plays a steady game, but not dimensional in any area. Solid two-way game. Good skater with mobility. Needs to bulk up and add strength. With development, he can become a top-four NHL defenseman." (Dennis MacInnis, ISS Director of Scouting)

• "He was very good (at the World Under-18's). This guy is pretty poised and makes a play, has some power-play ability. He showed a little bit of an edge to him, he was a little more gritty." (Anonymous Scout, Recrutes.ca)

• "He’s really just a solid around player. At the start of the year, I thought he was really high-risk but he’s a real good skater and he’s settled down a bit." (Anonymous NHL Scout, HockeyProspect.com Black Book)

• "Could be smarter and more creative in how he advances the play outside his defensive zone. Not a high-end offensive blue-liner, but has the agility and puck skills expected of a moder day d-man. Still Some occasional sloppiness under pressure, but overall he's steady and dependable defensively. Mature and polished compared to an average draft prospect -- already has two seasons of pro hockey under his belt." (Red Line Report)