Oskari Laaksonen



  • DOB: 7/2/1999
  • Ht: 6-2
  • Wt: 165
  • Shoots: R
  • Years on Team: 1
  • Hometown: Tampere, Finland
  • Drafted: Buffalo Sabres' third-round selection (89th overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft

Buffalo Sabres’ third-round selection (89th overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft. Signed a three-year, entry-level NHL contract with Buffalo on June 15, 2020.

Named to the 2020-21 AHL North Division All-Star Team after scoring twice and adding a team-high 15 assists while appearing in all but one game for the Rochester Americans (AHL) ... Finished fourth among all AHL rookie defensemen in assists and points and second with eight power-play assists ... Recipient of the team’s Fairand/O’Niel Sportsmanship Award ... Had 10 points (1+9) in his last 15 games ... Notched a goal and an assist in the 4-2 win at Utica on 4/09 ... Scored his first goal as an Amerk in a 4-3 overtime loss against Syracuse on 3/26 ... Tallied three assists, including one on the overtime game-winning goal, and was plus-2 against Syracuse on 2/10 ... Made his Amerks/AHL debut against Utica on 2/05 ... Opened the AHL season with five assists over his first games, leading all defensemen over that span ... Began the season recording 12 points (4+8) in 20 games with Pelicans in SM-liiga to lead all team defensemen in scoring

Completed his third season with his hometown Ilves Tampere of the SM-liiga in Finland, scoring two goals and adding 10 assists while playing in 46 games for the second straight year... Scored one goal on the power-play ... Finished fifth among team defensemen in scoring ... Ranked fifth in assists (35) and is tied for 18th in total points among all-time SM-liiga defensemen before the age of 21 ... Tallied two assists vs. Jukurit on 10/12 ... Collected a game-high eight shots against Ässät on 9/21 ... Had a goal and an assist against Lukko on 9/14

2018-19: Led all Tampere defensemen and finished seventh overall on the team in scoring while establishing career-highs in goals (3), assists (21) and points (24) and appearing in 46 games ... Paced Ilves blueliners and tied for second among all skaters with 21 assists ... Tied for 15th among all SM-liiga defensemen in points ... Two of his three goals came on the power-play ... Recorded five multi-point outings and totaled 173 shots during the regular season ... Added one assist in four playoff contests ... Posted a three-game assist streak (0+3) from 10/17 to 10/23 ... Had a three-game point streak (1+3) to close out the month of September

2017-18: Recorded four assists and 43 shots in 21 games during his rookie season with Ilves ... Notched his first pro point with an assist in his professional debut against HPK on 9/01

INTERNATIONAL: Won a gold medal with Finland at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship, which he won alongside fellow Sabres prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen ... He recorded two points (1+1) and a plus-5 rating in seven tournament games


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Player Stats

Regular Season
2021-22 Regular SeasonROC7152934-9444067100.48
2020-21 Regular SeasonROC2821517-662028000.61
2022 Calder Cup PlayoffsROC2011-10000000.50