Oskari Oksanen

Born: 2001-01-30

Team: TUTO U20

Position: Defenseman

Shoots: Left

Height / Weight: 5-11 / 159


Oksanen played on the first pairing and had power play time in a 5-4 loss to Jokerit U20. This was his second game with TUTO U20 since joining the team from USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers. He was relied upon to play in key situations. Oksanen’s mobility looked good, he has good foot speed and skates well backwards. He also handled the puck with poise. However, there were some occasions where I would have liked to see quicker decisions, especially when moving the puck from his own end. He had decent gap control but he could have been a tad more aggressive on the puck carrier in some situations. All in all, it was a rather promising performance from the draft eligible blueliner.


Oksanen displayed a strong overall skill set and skating ability. He had a somewhat tough first period but improved as the game progressed. He’s an agile skater with impressive four-way mobility and good backwards skating. He can join the attack, using powerful and long strides to hit solid top speed. He had great poise and made good decisions under forecheck pressure on several occasions. He was willing to unleash shots from the point, however, many of these attempts didn’t get through on net. He had fairly good defensive awareness and threw some solid hits along the boards. Oksanen was picked in this year’s USHL Entry Draft by the Tri-City Storm. He has put up six points in four games and is a defenseman to keep an eye on as the 2019 NHL Draft approaches.