BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, October 5, that the team has assigned Urho Vaakanainen to the Providence Bruins (AHL).
Vaakanainen played in four preseason games with Boston in 2018-19. He spent the 2017-18 season playing for SaiPa in the Finnish Liiga, accumulating four goals and seven assists for 11 points in 43 games. His plus-eight rating led all SaiPa defensemen. He also competed in nine playoff games, tallying one assist. In 2016-17, Vaakanainen skated in 41 regular-season games for Liiga's JYP, earning a plus-five rating while producing two goals and four assists for six points. He played in 14 playoff games, picking up three assists and a plus-one rating in 14 games. In 2015-16, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound defenseman began his Liiga career with the Espoo Blues when he scored one goal and added five assists for six points in 25 games.