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Goalie Oskar Autio Joins Brother Erik, Commits To Penn State Hockey

Although Philadelphia may be considered the City of Brotherly Love, Penn State men’s hockey fans would argue that Espoo, Finland fits the phrase in a more literal sense. Oskar Autio, brother of junior defenseman Erik Autio, committed to Guy Gadowsky’s team early Tuesday morning.

Oskar, a 17-year old goaltender, currently plays for the U20 junior team of the Finnish league’s (Liiga) Espoo Blues. Additionally, the young goalie has been in the net for Finnish youth national teams since the age of fifteen. He was even the backup for the gold medal-winning U18 Finnish team at the IIHF World U18 Championships. It’s unclear which recruiting class he will sign in.

The younger Autio recorded a save percentage of .918 in 93 overall games for club and country listed on EliteProspects.com. In 19 career postseason appearances, Autio’s save clip rose to a .924 average.

Autio (left) poses with two teammates after Finland won the 2016 IIHF World U18 Championship. (Photo Credit: @Oautio)

In his junior season with Penn State, Erik was a key contributor to a team that went to its first-ever NCAA Tournament following the program’s first-ever conference title. With 18 points on three goals and 15 assists, Autio was the third highest scoring defenseman for the Nittany Lions last winter. More importantly, his plus/minus rating of +33 led all Division I players.

With star goaltender Peyton Jones coming off of a breakout freshman campaign, we shouldn’t expect to see Oskar in much more than a reserve role early on. Jones caught the attention of professional scouts with his postseason play for Gadowsky’s bunch last season, and may leave school early at some point in his career when his NHL rights are drafted. Either way, the future is bright with another Autio skating around Pegula Ice Arena down the road.

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Mitch Stewart

Mitch is a junior majoring in broadcast journalism from Roanoke, Virginia. In addition to being an editor for Onward State, Mitch loves to watch sports, talk about sports on PSU CommRadio, and tries his hardest to avoid the agony that being a Mets fan brings. To contact Mitch, feel free to send him an e-mail at [email protected], and if you really don't value your social media accounts, follow him and his garbage opinions on Twitter @mitchystew.

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