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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.
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I'm going into this with an open mind. This is a very young player (23) with a tremendous, tremendous amount of upside.

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