Ducks sign Vaakanainen to two-year contract extension
The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed a defenseman Urho Vaakanainen to a two-year contract extension through the 2023-24 NHL season.
Vaakanainen, 23 (1/1/99), had eight points (0-8=8) with 12 penalty minutes (PIM) in 45 career NHL games with Anaheim and Boston. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound defenseman had six assists (0-6=6) in 29 combined games with the Ducks and Bruins in 2021-22.
Acquired from Boston with John Moore, 2022 first-round, 2023 second-round, and 2024 second-round selections in the NHL Draft for Hampus Lindholm and Kodie Curran, March 19, 2022, Vaakanainen had two assists with six PIMs in 14 games before joining the Ducks. He also added 1-7=8 points at +6 odds and 20 PIM in 23 games with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League (AHL) prior to his acquisition.
Originally selected by Boston in the first round (18th overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft, Vaakanainen had 11-28=39 points with a +27 rating and 54 PIM in 118 AHL games with Providence. He also played 111 career games in the Finnish Liiga with SaiPa, JYP and Blues totaling 8-16=24 points with a +7 rating and 46 PIM.
A native of Joensuu, Finland, Vaakanainen represented Finland at three consecutive World Junior Championships including 2017, 2018 and 2019, winning gold in 2019. He also helped Finland win medals at the World U- 18 2016 (gold) and at the 2017 World Championship. U-18 Championship (silver).