Oskar Osala played two seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with the Mississauga IceDogs, 2005-06 and 2006-07.
Despite being selected 97th overall by the Washington Capitals in the 2006 NHL draft, Oskar went back to his homeland for the 2007-08 season and played for the Espoo Blues of Finland’s SM Liiga.
He would return to North America for the 2008-09 season and play the majority of his time with Washington’s AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears. The Bears would finish first in the Eastern Conference and would go all the way to a Calder Cup victory as the league’s playoff champion. During that season, Osala would play two games with the Capitals.
This season saw him traded to the Carolina Hurricanes organization where he played with their AHL affiliate, the Albany River Rats. Oskar saw one game with the Hurricanes, bringing his NHL career total to 3 games.
Oskar is currently on the roster of the Finnish National Team that will compete at the 2010 IIHF World Championships in Germany this May.
To view Oskar Osala’s profile page on the AHL’s official website, click here.
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