|Oskar Osala – Center/Left Wing |
Born: Dec. 26, 1987, Vassa, Finland
CSB: #54 among North American skaters
International Scouting Services: #54
Red Line Report: #106
A native of Finland, Oskar Osala spent the 2005-06 season playing junior hockey for the Mississauga Ice Dogs of the Ontario Hockey League. It was Osala’s first exposure to North American hockey, and it took him a while to get going. But after a slow first half, he turned on the jets in midseason.
Osala put up most of his points in the season’s second half, and climbed rapidly up the draft charts in the process. Ranked at 110 among North American skaters by the Central Scouting Bureau at midseason, Osala rose to 54 on the charts by season’s end.
Capable of playing center or left wing, Osala has also been used as a power play point man. He should see more ice time for the Ice Dogs in 2006-07. If he continues the improvement he showed in the second half of 2005-06, a pro career should be ahead.
What Others Are Saying:
Central Scouting Bureau
Scouting Report: Is a good skater with a long stride, good straight away speed and balance … a hard and accurate shot and has been used on the point for Mississauga’s power play … he goes to the net and is tough to move … showed some good playmaking ability during the season … sees the ice well and with his good passing ability can move the puck effectively … responsible defensively … a big guy with a good physical presence although not to be considered a punishing type of player … has the ability to separate opponents from the puck … gives a hard working up and down effort … has shown a significant improvement over the course of his 1st OHL season … Mississauga’s first pick, 16th overall in the 2005 CHL import draft … was a member of Team Finland for the 2004 Under-18 World Hockey Challenge and a member of Team Finland for the 2004 Under-18 World Championship.
International Scouting Service
Osala entered his rookie season this year with Mississauga of the OHL with high expectations. He had a slow start, which was expected, due to his transition from Europe to the North American game and culture. Surprisingly Osala finished strong, putting up great offensive numbers and finished his rookie OHL season with 27 points in the last 30 games. With his quick release and cannon of a shot, he managed close to a point a game in the second half of the season. He has the offensive tools to be dangerous on a nightly basis, but consistency is the biggest question for this player.
Red Line Report:
Liked him last year as an underager with the Finnish U-18 Team and thought he’d be a strong two-way player and physical center in Mississauga this year. Started coming on in January after disappointing start and even picked up at the offensive end, where he began to pot some goals and create chances for linemates with strong board work and by using his overwhelming size/strength advantage down in the crease area. Two late season viewings showed RLR he’s definitely moved his game ahead after slow transition to North America and is back to being a legitimate prospect. At 6-4/220 pounds, he has a huge frame and will play it rough in the trenches. Can also be a dominant force on faceoffs, and while he will never have great hands, he does have a very hard/heavy shot that he was able to get away more often and with a quicker release as the season progressed.
Projection: 4th line shutdown checking center; PK duty
Style compares to: Radek Bonk
|Year ||Team ||League ||GP ||G ||A ||PTS ||PIM ||+/- |
|2005-06 ||Mississauga IceDogs ||OHL ||68 ||17 ||26 ||43 ||86 ||-19 |