Oskar Osala

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Oskar Osala
Oskar Osala.jpg
Born (1987-12-26) 26 December 1987 (age 31)
Vaasa, Finland
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 243 lb (110 kg; 17 st 5 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
Liiga team
Former teams
Oulun Kärpät
Espoo Blues
Washington Capitals
Carolina Hurricanes
Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk
Metallurg Magnitogorsk
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 97th overall, 2006
Washington Capitals
Playing career 2004–present

Oskar Osala (born 26 December 1987) is a Finnish professional ice hockey left wing currently playing with Oulun Kärpät of the Liiga.

Playing career

He started his career with Vaasa-based Sport. He made his North American debut with the OHL's Mississauga IceDogs in 2005, and was drafted in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, 97th overall, 4th round, by the Washington Capitals.

In the 2007–08 season, he played for the Espoo Blues of the SM-liiga. He also made his senior national team debut during the season. After the season, Osala was named SM-liiga rookie of the year.

Osala signed a three-year contract with the Capitals in June 2008, and was assigned to Washington's AHL affiliate in Hershey.[1] On 10 December 2008, Osala made his NHL debut replacing the injured Tomas Fleischmann in the Caps' 3-1 win over the Boston Bruins, playing two games total before being returned to the Bears. Osala finished the season with the Hershey Bears' Calder Cup winning team, scoring two goals in Game 1 of the Calder Cup Finals.

On 3 March 2010, Osala was traded along with Brian Pothier to the Carolina Hurricanes for Joe Corvo.[2] Osala made a brief NHL appearance with Carolina shortly after the trade, but spent most of the remainder of the season with the Albany River Rats.

Unable to find a role with the Hurricanes and subsequently assigned to AHL affiliate the Charlotte Checkers for the duration of the following season, on 25 May 2011, Osala signed a one-year contract with Russian team Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).[3]

During his third season with Neftekhimik in 2013–14, Osala was traded to division competitors Metallurg Magnitogorsk on December 10, 2013. He contributed with 6 assists in the post-season, to help Metallurg claim their maiden Gagarin Cup.

Osala played in 5 seasons with Metallurg, helping capture a second Gagarin Cup in the 2015–16 campaign, before opting to leave the KHL following the 2017–18 season.

Citing a lack of drive, Osala opted to sit out the beginning of the 2018–19 season as a free agent.[4] On November 12, 2018, Osala opted to end his hiatus and agreed to a one-year contract for the remainder of the season in returning to his homeland with Oulun Kärpät of the top flight Liiga.[5]

International play

Osala shared the goal scoring title in 2007 IIHF World Junior Championships. Osala scored five goals in six games for Finland, sharing the lead with four other players.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 Sport Mestis 5 0 0 0 0
2004–05 Sport Mestis 21 1 4 5 6 7 0 0 0 6
2005–06 Mississauga IceDogs OHL 68 17 26 43 86
2006–07 Mississauga IceDogs OHL 54 22 22 44 81 5 2 2 4 0
2007–08 Blues SM-l 53 18 17 35 62 17 7 3 10 8
2008–09 Hershey Bears AHL 75 23 14 37 47 22 6 4 10 17
2008–09 Washington Capitals NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2009–10 Hershey Bears AHL 53 15 14 29 57
2009–10 Albany River Rats AHL 16 10 3 13 11 8 2 1 3 2
2009–10 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Charlotte Checkers AHL 59 13 29 42 55 15 3 2 5 29
2011–12 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk KHL 41 12 7 19 44
2012–13 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk KHL 44 14 10 24 52 4 0 1 1 17
2013–14 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk KHL 33 5 12 17 20
2013–14 Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHL 19 5 5 10 31 21 0 6 6 43
2014–15 Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHL 55 11 5 16 85 10 1 2 3 4
2015–16 Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHL 60 12 15 27 76 11 3 2 5 8
2016–17 Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHL 60 14 14 28 53 18 6 1 7 29
2017–18 Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHL 55 14 9 23 90 11 3 3 6 6
KHL totals 367 88 78 166 451 75 13 15 28 107
NHL totals 3 0 0 0 0

International

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2004 Finland WHC17 6th 5 1 1 2 6
2005 Finland WJC18 7th 6 0 0 0 27
2007 Finland WJC 6th 6 5 3 8 4
2010 Finland WC 6th 4 0 0 0 2
2017 Finland WC 4th 10 1 2 3 14
2018 Finland OG 6th 4 0 1 1 0
Junior totals 17 6 4 10 37
Senior totals 18 1 3 4 16

Awards and honors

Award Year
OHL
Second All-Rookie Team 2006
Liiga
Rookie of the Year 2008
AHL
Calder Cup (Hershey Bears) 2009
KHL
Gagarin Cup (Metallurg Magnitogorsk) 2014, 2016 [6]

References

  1. ^ "Capitals sign Oskar Osala to three-year entry level contract". Washington Capitals. 2008-06-19. Retrieved 2011-01-03.
  2. ^ "Caps add Carolina's Joe Corvo, deal Brian Pothier and Oskar Osala". The Washington Post. 2010-03-03. Retrieved 2010-06-02.
  3. ^ "Russian KHL next for Oskar Osala" (in Swedish). vasabladet.fi. 2011-05-25. Retrieved 2011-06-14.
  4. ^ "Oskar Osala makes decision to pause career" (in Finnish). iltalehti.fi. 2018-09-24. Retrieved 2018-09-24.
  5. ^ "Oskar Osala agrees to one-year contract with Oulun" (in Finnish). Oulun Kärpät. 2018-11-12. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  6. ^ "Magnitogorsk wins 2nd Gagarin Cup in 3 years". rt.com. 2016-04-19. Retrieved 2016-04-19.

External links

  • Biographical information and career statistics from Eliteprospects.com, or Eurohockey.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
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