Monday, July 23, 2007

Osala Goes to Finland


According to European Hockey Net, Caps prospect Oscar Osala is going to play for Blues Espoo in the Finish Elite League this coming year. Oscar played for the Mississauga Ice Dogs in the Ontario Hockey League the past two seasons and recently participated in the Caps development camp. He was originally drafted by the Capitals in the 4th round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

Update: From the commentary over at Jaspers' Rink the Capitals offered Osala a contract but it wasn't enough to entice him to stay. He wants to finish high school and will also be able to serve his Finnish military obligation. Since he was drafted in 2006, the Capitals have until June of 2008 to sign him. Hopefully he will continue to develop and be back next year because, by all reports, he played very well at the recent development camp held by the Caps.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

For Oskar's development it is not at all a bad thing to stay in Finland. Blues Espoo is a good team for oskar. Their head coach Matikainen was even coachinf the Finnish national Jun WC team and knows Oskar capasity very well. He should get quality ice time there. Better than in Bears?

egan said...

If you want to follow Oskar's progress, my new Finnish hockey blog may be of interest. It's at http://hockeyinfinland.blogspot.com.

Blues have had a decent start, including a 5-0 thrashing of Jarkko Immonen's JyP who have been setting the pace thus far.

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