#18 – Urho Vaakanainen, LD – JYP, SM-liiga

TSN – #22
Central Scouting – #8 ES
ISS – #37
Future Considerations – #30
McKeens – #13
THN – #29
Craig Button – #31
Hockey Prospect – #11


COMPARABLE : Jonas Brodin
UPSIDE : Top-4 Defensive D-Man
FLOOR : Bottom Pairing Defensive D-Man


I see many similarities between Urha Vaakanainen and Jonas Brodin. Both are very good skaters with a good stick, and they both have a defense-first mentality. They are about the same size and see the ice very well. I was extremely high on Brodin his draft year and while I think he’s become a very solid NHL player, I thought he’d have taken another step by now but at only 24 years old there is still time on that end.

I don’t see Vaakanainen as having the offensive awareness that would make him a higher pick but in my mind, he’s an extremely safe pick. He has a good outlet pass and is a hard worker with a great work ethic. I didn’t find that he was overly physical but he certainly holds up his end on that front.

The team selecting him will likely be getting a Top-4 D-man who can skate and move the puck well and those types of players are at a premium in today’s NHL.



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