Oskar Osala

Oskar Osala (born 26 December 1987) is a Finnish former professional ice hockey left wing who last played with Oulun Kärpät of the Liiga. He played in three National Hockey League (NHL) games with the Washington Capitals and Carolina Hurricanes.

Oskar Osala
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Born (1987-12-26) 26 December 1987 (age 33)
Vaasa, Finland
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 243 lb (110 kg; 17 st 5 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Espoo Blues
Washington Capitals
Carolina Hurricanes
Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk
Metallurg Magnitogorsk
Oulun Kärpät
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 97th overall, 2006
Washington Capitals
Playing career 2004–2019

Playing careerEdit

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 97th overall in the fourth round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the Washington Capitals.

In the 2007–08 season, he returned to Finland where he played for the Espoo Blues of the SM-liiga; made his debut with the senior national team; and 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 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 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, Osala signed a one-year contract with Russian team Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) on 25 May 2011.[3]

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

Osala played 5 seasons with Metallurg, which won 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 sat out the beginning of the 2018–19 season as a free agent.[4] On 12 November 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 playEdit

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.[citation needed]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

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
2018–19 Oulun Kärpät Liiga 29 15 7 22 24 13 2 1 3 45
KHL totals 367 88 78 166 451 75 13 15 28 107
NHL totals 3 0 0 0 0

InternationalEdit

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 honorsEdit

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]

ReferencesEdit

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

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