Urho Vaakanainen

Position: defenceman
Shoots: Left
Born: 1999-01-01 / Joensuu, Finland
Height 186 cm
Weight 85 kg
Team: SaiPa

Prospects ranking positions

Drafted by Boston Bruins in 2017 #18

  • 2017-07-24 at Finland - Czech Republic, U20 by Marco Bombino

    The Boston Bruins prospect was paired with fellow first round selection Juuso Välimäki and they played well together. Vaakanainen gets around the ice effortlessly showing fluid strides, great four-way mobility and edge work. He controls pucks well at the offensive blueline and has a rather strong shot from the point. In the 2-1 goal, he unleashed a quick wrister from the left side and Eetu Tuulola buried rebound home. He also made good decisions in possession. However, the skilled blueliner seemed to occasionally struggle defensively today.

    Vaakanainen plays a fairly safe game offensively, hence I’m interested to see if the offensive side develops to another level with more responsibility in the new Liiga season.

  • 2017-04-18 at Finland - Canada, U18 World Championship by Asko Huuki

    Defenceman got an assist against Canada when Kristian Vesalainen scored on rebound of shot from Vaakanainen. Canada also made a goal after Vaakanainen lost puck on defensive zone while Finland was playing short-handed game.

    Vaakanainen has played pro game with little offensive responsibility this season. During the U18 World Championships Vaakanainen has tried to create more offense but when he has been carrying the puck, his decisions occasionally take too long time. But otherwise you can see how big advantage games against men has been. Defenceman constantly won one-on-ones and board battles, checked effectively with his stick and his gap control and positioning were top notch. Also his passing play was reliable.

    I was also positively surprised about his skating. He hasn’t been below average skater in Liiga either but his skating and top speed were excellent compared to other players of his age. And because his hockey IQ is extremely high and he almost always does the right solution, I think he will have bright future ahead in NHL as more defensive two-way defenceman.

  • 2016-12-26 at Czech Republic - Finland, WJC by Asko Huuki

    Vaakanainen seemed to have some problems adjusting to smaller rink. He occasionally seemed slow to react and made surprisingly hasty passes which is uncharacteristic for him. Defender had also some problems keeping up with the pace of Czech forwards. He wasn’t able to get his offensive game going due to these problems even though he has good hockey sense.

    However Vaakanainen was able to play solid game at the own end. His positioning and physical game were impressive for the player of his age, even though he could show even more grit. After the first game of the tournament, it looks like he is most useful as defensive defenseman, but he might be able to step up with his offensive game as the tournament progresses.

  • 2016-10-22 at Ilves - JYP by Miika Arponen

    Vaakanainen’s fall has been affected with health problems, but he has now played four straight games after his return from the injury. He hasn’t yet recorded a point, but his overall play is still at a high level. If you didn’t know, you wouldn’t be able to guess you’re looking at a 17-year-old playing against professionals.

    Vaakanainen played a very good game against Ilves. He won physical battles, positioned himself right at almost all times and started attacks effectively. His offensive game isn’t at the level it was expected to be this season, but his Corsi number is one of the highest of his team while his PDO is only 917, so the offense will probably come sooner or later.

Articles about Urho Vaakanainen


Player statistics powered by

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 Jokipojat U16U16 I-divisioona1 0 00 2|Playoffs3 0 11 16 
  Finland Selects U13QC Int PW2 1 23 2|        
 2012-2013 Jokipojat U16U16 SM-sarja Q5 4 26 0|        
  Jokipojat U16U16 SM-sarja15 5 1419 16|        
  Jokipojat U18U18 Mestis13 3 912 52|        
  Jokipojat U18U18 SM-sarja9 1 45 4|        
 2013-2014 Kiekko-Espoo U16U16 SM-sarja Q1 0 00 0|        
  Kiekko-Espoo U16U16 SM-sarja6 4 610 10|Playoffs1 0 00
  Kiekko-Espoo U18U18 SM-sarja41 8 2533 48|Playoffs5 0 33
 2014-2015 Kiekko-Espoo U20JCWC5 1 01 6|        
  Kiekko-Espoo U18U18 SM-sarja0 0 00 0|Playoffs1 0 00
  Kiekko-Espoo U20U20 SM-sarja30 4 812 34|Playoffs9 2 02
  Finland U17WHC-176 0 11 2|        
  Finland U17EYOF3 0 11 0|        
  Finland U17 (all)International-Jr19 1 67 10|        
 2015-2016 Kiekko-Espoo U20U20 SM-sarja18 2 1113 8|Playoffs2 0 00
  BluesLiiga25 1 56 8|        
  BluesChampions HL2 0 11 2|        
  Finland U17WHC-175 0 00 6|        
  Finland U18WJC-187 1 23 6|        
  Finland U20 (all)International-Jr2 0 00 0|        
 2016-2017 JYPChampions HL5 0 11 4|        
  JYP U20U20 SM-sarja1 0 00 0|        
  JYPLiiga41 2 46 12|Playoffs14 0 33
  JYP-AkatemiaMestis3 0 11 29|        
  Finland U18WJC-185 3 36 2|        
  Finland U18 (all)International-Jr8 3 36 4|        
  Finland U20WJC-206 1 01 4|        
  Finland U20 (all)International-Jr9 2 13 4|        
  Finland U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup4 0 11 2|        
 2017-2018 SaiPaLiiga43 4 711 24|Playoffs9 0 11
  Finland U20WJC-205 0 11 2|        
  Finland U20 (all)International-Jr13 0 22 26|        
  Finland EHT5 0 11 2|        
  Finland (all)International9 0 33 4|        
 2018-2019 Boston BruinsNHL2 0 00 0|        
  Providence BruinsAHL30 4 1014 10|Playoffs4 0 00
  Finland U20WJC-207 0 44 6|        
  Finland U20 (all)International-Jr10 0 44 10|        
 2019-2020 Boston BruinsNHL5 0 00 0|        
  Providence BruinsAHL54 5 914 18|        
 2020-2021 SaiPaLiiga2 1 01 2|        
  Boston BruinsNHL9 0 22 2|        
  Providence BruinsAHL11 1 23 6|        
 2021-2022 Boston BruinsNHL15 0 44 4|        
  Providence BruinsAHL23 1 78 20|        
  Anaheim DucksNHL14 0 22 6|        

Player statistics ©