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2023 Stats

Plus-Minus Goals Scored For or Against Total
Time On Ice Per Game
Penalty Minutes
Regular Season 13 14 0 17:29 26

Top Urho Vaakanainen News

  • Ducks' Urho Vaakanainen: Can't keep steady role

    Vaakanainen was scratched for four of the Ducks' last 11 games.

    Vaakanainen set a career high with 68 games played in 2023-24, picking up 14 points, 67 shots on net, 55 hits and 79 blocked shots. He was generally solid in a bottom-four role, but he couldn't maintain an everyday role in the second half of the season. Vaakanainen is a pending restricted free agent.

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  • Ducks' Urho Vaakanainen: Picks up assist Thursday

    Vaakanainen registered a shorthanded assist in Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Kraken.

    Vaakanainen helped out on an Isac Lundestrom tally early in the third period. With four helpers over 12 appearances in March, Vaakanainen has put together a solid month for a depth defenseman. He's at 14 points, 63 shots on net, 74 blocked shots, 44 hits and 24 PIM through 62 appearances this season, though he isn't guaranteed to be in the lineup every game.

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  • Ducks' Urho Vaakanainen: Bags apple in win

    Vaakanainen recorded an assist in Thursday's 4-0 win over the Blackhawks.

    Vaakanainen has two assists, five shots on net, eight hits and nine blocked shots over his last six outings. The 25-year-old defenseman continues to see steady bottom-four usage for the Ducks, but the team's scoring troubles will suppress his offense. For the season, the Finn is at 13 points, 63 shots on net, 71 blocked shots, 42 hits, 24 PIM and an even plus-minus rating through 60 appearances.

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  • Ducks' Urho Vaakanainen: Records assist Tuesday

    Vaakanainen posted an assist in Tuesday's 7-2 loss to the Blackhawks.

    Vaakanainen set up the second of Brett Leason's two goals in the loss. While he's not a huge scoring threat, Vaakanainen has three helpers over his last nine outings. He's still at risk of the occasional healthy scratch with the Ducks carrying eight defensemen. Vaakanainen has 12 points, 58 shots on net, 63 blocked shots and a plus-2 rating through 55 appearances in a bottom-four role.

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  • Ducks' Urho Vaakanainen: Posts helper

    Vaakanainen registered an assist in Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Canucks.

    Vaakanainen has two helpers over his last six games. The 25-year-old defenseman is still at risk of being an occasional scratch, but the Ducks' trades of Jamie Drysdale and Ilya Lyubushkin have opened up more consistent playing time for the remaining blueliners. Vaakanainen has a career-high 11 points with 54 shots on net, 60 blocked shots, 30 hits and a plus-1 rating over 52 appearances.

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  • Ducks' Urho Vaakanainen: Supplies assist in loss

    Vaakanainen recorded an assist and two hits in Wednesday's 7-4 loss to the Blue Jackets.

    Vaakanainen snapped a five-game point drought Wednesday after being scratched Monday versus the Sabres. The 25-year-old defenseman has been a regular presence in the Ducks' lineup this season, though he still sits out every now and then. He's collected 10 points, 49 shots on net, 57 blocked shots and a minus-1 rating over 47 appearances.

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  • Ducks' Urho Vaakanainen: Slides assist in win

    Vaakanainen notched an assist, four hits and four blocked shots in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Wild.

    Vaakanainen helped out on Troy Terry's goal in the third period, which came just after a successful penalty kill. The 25-year-old Vaakanainen has a point in each of the last two games. He was back on the third pairing Saturday, but he'll likely handle top-four minutes defensively while the Ducks work on easing in Olen Zellweger. Vaakanainen is at nine points, 42 shots on net, 45 blocked shots, 20 hits, 14 PIM and a plus-6 rating through 41 outings this season.

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  • Ducks' Urho Vaakanainen: Finally gets first career goal

    Vaakanainen scored a goal and blocked three shots in Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Stars.

    It's been a long and twisting path for Vaakanainen to get his first goal -- he's had a couple of potential tallies taken away. The milestone moment came in his 108th career contest. The 25-year-old is now in a top-four role for the Ducks, though he'll likely continue to make limited scoring contributions. He's at eight points, 42 shots on net, 41 blocked shots, 14 PIM and a plus-6 rating through 40 appearances this season.

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  • Ducks' Urho Vaakanainen: Gets on scoresheet with helper

    Vaakanainen notched an assist and went plus-2 in Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Predators.

    Vaakanainen snapped a seven-game point drought with the helper on Troy Terry's second-period marker. The 25-year-old Vaakanainen has been an occasional healthy scratch so far, but the Ducks' trade of Jamie Drysdale to Philadelphia should open up more regular playing time. For the season, Vaakanainen has seven assists, 31 shots on net, 31 blocked shots and a plus-7 rating through 32 appearances.

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  • Ducks' Urho Vaakanainen: Offers assist

    Vaakanainen logged an assist in Monday's 4-3 win over the Red Wings.

    Vaakanainen has picked up two assists while playing in each of the last five games. With Tristan Luneau away at the World Junior Championship, Vaakanainen has a clear path to playing time into the new year. The 24-year-old Finn is up to six points (all assists) while adding 23 shots on net, 20 blocked shots and a plus-3 rating over 24 appearances this season. Now in his sixth campaign, he remains in search of his first NHL goal.

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  • Ducks' Urho Vaakanainen: Manages helper Wednesday

    Vaakanainen recorded an assist and blocked two shots in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Islanders.

    Vaakanainen set up an Adam Henrique tally in the second period. Playing time has once again become erratic for Vaakanainen, who has played in just three of the Ducks' last six games, and he's only seeing third-pairing usage when in the lineup. He's produced five assists, 22 shots on net, 19 blocked shots and a plus-2 rating through 21 appearances this season. The 24-year-old will compete with Robert Hagg for playing time in the short term and could be negatively impacted when Jamie Drysdale (lower body) returns.

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  • Ducks' Urho Vaakanainen: Adds helper in loss

    Vaakanainen notched an assist in Sunday's 8-2 loss to the Oilers.

    Vaakanainen snapped a five-game point drought with the assist. The 24-year-old defenseman has played in 17 straight contests after he was scratched for the first four games of the campaign. He's still not adding much offense with four helpers, 18 shots on net and a plus-3 rating this season. Vaakanainen has rounded out his stat line with eight hits, 15 blocked shots and two PIM while serving in a bottom-four role.

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  • Ducks' Urho Vaakanainen: Registers pair of helpers Tuesday

    Vaakanainen posted two assists in Tuesday's 3-2 road win against the Predators.

    Vaakanainen was originally credited with a goal on a blast from the left point late in the third period, which would have been the game-winning tally. The goal was changed to Adam Henrique's winner, as he got the deflection past Juuse Saros of the Predators. Vaakanainen also added a plus-2 rating, a blocked shot, a minor penalty and two hits in his 15:12 of ice time.

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  • Ducks' Urho Vaakanainen: Puts up first assist

    Vaakanainen notched an assist, two shots on goal and two hits in Thursday's 4-3 overtime win over the Bruins.

    Vaakanainen was able to get on the scoresheet against his old team, setting up defense partner Radko Gudas on the opening goal. This was Vaakanainen's third straight game in the lineup, albeit in a third-pairing role. The 24-year-old has one assist, four shots on goal, three hits and a plus-2 rating over three contests. He'll be competing with Robert Hagg and Tristan Luneau for playing time until Jamie Drysdale (lower body) returns.

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  • Ducks' Urho Vaakanainen: Back from IR

    Vaakanainen (hip) was removed from injured reserve Friday, per CapFriendly.

    Vaakanainen missed the final 32 games last season and eventually underwent hip surgery in March. He'll be healthy enough for a full training camp before the 2023-24 campaign begins. He tallied two assists in 23 games with Anaheim last season and should see bottom-four minutes again this year.

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  • Ducks' Urho Vaakanainen: Has hip surgery

    Vaakanainen has undergone hip surgery, according to Eric Stephens of The Athletic.

    Vaakanainen, who was injured during a game against Arizona on Jan. 28, is projected to need five-to-six months to recover, so he's not expected to play again this season. He has two assists in 23 games with Anaheim in 2022-23. Vaakanainen is in the first campaign of a two-year, $1.7 million contract.

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  • Ducks' Urho Vaakanainen: Surfaces on IR

    Vaakanainen (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Monday, per the NHL media site.

    Vaakanainen was injured in a game against the Coyotes on Jan. 28. His placement on IR probably means he won't play Monday against Dallas. Vaakanainen has chipped in two assists, 27 shots on goal and 28 blocks in 23 appearances this season. He could be replaced in the lineup by Colton White or Kevin Shattenkirk (lower body).

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  • Ducks' Urho Vaakanainen: Can't finish contest

    Vaakanainen (undisclosed) didn't complete Saturday's game versus the Coyotes, Lisa Dillman of The Orange County Register reports.

    Vaakanainen logged an assist to end an 11-game point drought, but he was absent for much of the third period. The Ducks didn't provide an update on the 24-year-old's status after the game. His injury comes at a fairly decent time if it isn't a long-term issue -- the Ducks are off until Feb. 6 versus the Stars. Vaakanainen has two helpers, 27 shots on goal, 28 blocked shots, 18 hits and a minus-16 rating through 23 appearances this season, so fantasy managers won't need to track his recovery.

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  • Ducks' Urho Vaakanainen: Generates helper Friday

    Vaakanainen produced an assist in Friday's 6-1 loss to the Predators.

    This was Vaakanainen's second game back after missing three due to an illness. The 23-year-old played in 10 of the Ducks' 14 games in December, so it appears he has an edge over Colton White for playing time. Vaakanainen's helper was his first point in 11 appearances this season, and he's added 10 shots on net, 14 blocked shots, nine hits and a minus-7 rating in a third-pairing role.

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  • Ducks' Urho Vaakanainen: Good to return Wednesday

    Vaakanainen (illness) will draw into the lineup for Wednesday's game against Vegas.

    Vaakanainen missed Anaheim's previous three games because of the illness. He has no points in nine contests in 2022-23 while averaging 16:41 of ice time. Nathan Beaulieu, who played in Anaheim's previous three games, will be a healthy scratch.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-2, 200 lbs
Birthplace: Joensuu, Finland
Age: 25
Experience: 5
Shoots: Left