Thursday, June 14, 2018

Top Prospect Signing (Jun 14)

The Boston Bruins are not short on depth on the blueline, as they signed 2017 1st round draft pick, Urho Vaakanainen, to his 3-year entry-level deal on Wednesday night.  Vaakanainen was taken with the 18th overall pick and is projected to be a very good shutdown defenseman, not quite the kind of guy that you'd see in your hockey pool, but with the way that the Bruins generally move the puck up the ice, he'll be picking up the assists here and there, I'm sure.  He doesn't have a great deal of size, but carries a decent hockey IQ.  He's not projected to join the Bruins for another year or two, but as a 1st round draft pick, he's certainly one to watch.

And for shits and giggles, let's include a 2nd round draft pick in today's post, as the Buffalo Sabres signed another 2017 pick in goalie Urho-Pekka Luukkonen to his 3-year entry-level deal on Thursday.  Luukkonen played every single moment for Finland at this past year's World Junior Championships and was playing in Finland's second tier, posting some very reasonable numbers.  The scouting reports say that he can take the bottom of the net away with his size and he moves very fluidly, so his rise to the top level could be much quicker than other goalies.  With the lack of signed goaltending depth in Buffalo, getting the kids under wraps moving forward is a pretty good move on their part.

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