(WINDSOR, ON) – Using the 39th selection in the 2016 CHL Import Draft, General Manager Warren Rychel and the Windsor Spitfires have selected Urho Vaakanainen of the Espoo Blues of the Finnish SM-liiga.
In 43 games last season, the 6’ 1”, 187lb, defenseman registered 19 points and 16 assists while serving 16 minutes in penalties.
Vaakanainen, a native of Joensu, Finland, was on the roster for the World U17 Hockey Challenge and the IIHF’s U18 World Championships, last year. Combined, he produced 3 points in 12 games and a +6 rating.
“Urho is one of the best 1999-born defensemen in the world,” Rychel said of the left shooting defender. “A very good, solid, two-way player with good offensive instincts.”
He will join Mikhail Serachev on the blue line as well as the recently acquired forward Julius Nattinen on the 2016-17 Spitfires roster.