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Getting to Know: Bruins First-Round Pick Urho Vaakanainen

Defenseman drafted by Bruins with 18th overall pick

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / - The Boston Bruins selected JYP defenseman Urho Vaakanainen with the 18th pick on Friday night at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft in Chicago.

"It was a great feeling to get drafted by Boston," said Vaakanainen. "I was kind of in shock when I heard my name. It was a great feeling. It's a dream come true. I didn't really expect anything from the draft. I was just kind of expecting to get a first round pick. But, it's a great feeling to wear the shirt and hat. Great feeling."

Vaakanainen, whose father coached a young Tuukka Rask back in Finland, described himself as a two-way defenseman.

"I'm a great skater," he said. "I'm good with the puck. I'm a good first pass. I like to join the rush a lot."

Video: Bruins select Urho Vaakanainen 18th overall

Here is everything else you need to know about Vaakanainen:

Urho Vaakanainen: 1st Round, 18th Overall

Last team: JYP (Finland)
Position: Defenseman
Height: 6 feet, 1 inch
Weight: 188 pounds
Shoots: Left
Birthday: Jan. 1, 1999 (18 years old)
Hometown: Jyvaskyla, Finland
Central Scouting: 8th-ranked International Skater
Twitter: @UVaakanainen

Miscellaneous: Vaakanainen tallied two goals and four assists in 41 games for JYP last season, while adding three helpers in 14 postseason contests. He represented Finland at the 2017 World Junior Championship, where he had a goal in six games. The blueliner also repped his country at the 2017 U-18 World Championship, helping Finland to a silver medal with three goals and three assists in five games.

In 2015-16, Vaakanainen had a goal and two assists for gold medal-winning Finland at the 2016 U-18 World Championship. That season he also notched a silver medal with the Espoo Blues U-20 team.

Scouting Report (via NHL Director of European Scouting Goran Stubb: "Solid, safe defenseman. He was a regular with JYP in Finland's top league. Very good passer and playmaker with good understanding of the game. Not flashy, but effective."


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