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Ossi Vaananen

Ossi Vaananen  #5

Defenseman
NUMBER: 5 BIRTHDATE: August 18, 1980
HEIGHT: 6' 4" BIRTHPLACE: Vantaa, Finland
WEIGHT: 215 DRAFTED: PHX / 1998 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 2nd   (43rd overall)
Finnish Junior Player of the Year Award (2000) Traded to Colorado by Phoenix with Chris Gratton and Phoenix's 2nd round choice (Paul Stastny) in 2005 Entry Draft for Derek Morris and Keith Ballard, March 9, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Jokerit Helsinki (Finland), December 1, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Djurgarden (Sweden), September 26, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, July 1, 2008. Claimed on waivers by Vancouver from Philadelphia, February 27, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Minsk (KHL), July 31, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Jokerit Helsinki (Finland), May 4, 2010.

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery