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Sami Vatanen | Defenseman | #45

Team: Anaheim Ducks
Age / DOB:  (25) / 6/3/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 183
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 4 (106) / ANA
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The Ducks will get Sami Vatanen back on their blue line on Sunday against the Flyers.
Vatanen had missed the last three games due to illness. Through 35 games this season he's posted two goals and 15 points along with 39 hits and 68 blocks. You should get him back in your lineup as well. Jan 1 - 1:54 PM

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Sami Vatanen won't play against the Canucks on Friday due to illness.

This is just a formality as he didn't travel with the team. Expect him to be ready to go once Anaheim returns home.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 09:30:00 PM

Sami Vatanen (illness) is unlikely to play Thursday against Calgary.

He didn't travel with the team and the Ducks recalled Brandon Montour from the minors. Coach Randy Carlyle hasn't completed Vatanen out yet, but he didn't seem optimistic when he said: "We'll see what the next 24 hours bring. I don't think it's probable for him tomorrow night in CGY, but never is a big word."
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 04:03:00 PM

Sami Vatanen missed Tuesday's contest due to an illness.

The Ducks will see how Vatanen feels on Wednesday before deciding if he can join them on their two-game trip to Calgary and Vancouver. Korbinian Holzer dressed on Tuesday due to Vatanen's unavailability, so if Vatanen missing any additional time then Holzer will presumably stay in the lineup.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 04:06:00 AM

Sami VAtanen scored his first goal in 26 games during Sunday's 5-1 win over the Senators.

Vats also picked up an assist, giving him 12 points in 29 games overall this season. Not too shabby, all things considered.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 07:35:00 PM

Sami Vatanen (illness) is practicing Thursday.

He is a full participant in the session after missing the last two periods Tuesday due to an illness. Vatanen looks like he should be fine to play on Friday versus Chicago.
Thu, Nov 24, 2016 01:36:00 PM

Sami Vatanen left Tuesday night’s game against the New York Islanders after five and half minutes of ice time because he was feeling under the weather.

Vatanen is not expected to return to the game, but there were no further details on the severity of his illness.
Tue, Nov 22, 2016 11:49:00 PM

Sami Vatanen got an assist in Anaheim's 5-1 loss to Pittsburgh Wednesday night.

Vatanen has a goal and seven points in 11 games this season. If he can stay healthy then he's a good bet to reach the 40-point mark in 2016-17.
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 08:27:00 AM

Sami Vatanen scored a goal in a 2-1 loss to the Devils on Tuesday.

Vatanen now has points in back-to-back games and is currently averaging a career high in ice-time playing on the first defensive pairing with Cam Fowler. If he continues to see this ice-time, it would not be a surprise to see him eclipse his career high of 38 points established last season. His goal came on the powerplay and was assisted by Cam Fowler and Corey Perry.
Tue, Oct 18, 2016 10:25:00 PM

Sami Vatanen has shown up at the Ducks training camp.

Vatanen played in the World Cup so he will get a few days off before returning to the ice as he did not make an appearance Saturday at the Ducks training camp venue. The Finnish defenseman has to be disappointed with the fact that Finland failed to win a game at the tourney but will try to surpass 40 points for the first time in his career this season as he has had 37 and 38 points in each of the last two seasons despite missing 26 games over that span through injury and rest. He should be drafted in the middle rounds of deeper pools.
Sun, Sep 25, 2016 05:37:00 AM

Sami Vatanen's recently signed contract comes with a partial no-trade clause for the last two years of the agreement.

Vatanen inked a four-year, $19.5 million extension that prevented him from becoming a restricted free agent. There were some trade rumors regarding him during the 2016-17 campaign, but after inking this deal we don't expect the Ducks to move him anytime soon.
Sat, Jun 18, 2016 04:05:00 PM

Sami Vatanen has agreed to a four-year, $19.5 million contract extension.

Vatanen would have become a restricted free agent this summer after completing his two-year, $2,525,000 deal. He earned that big pay raise after recording 37 points in 2014-15 and 38 points last season. He's also averaged over 21 minutes per game in each of the last two seasons. He was brought up in trade rumors during the 2015-16 campaign, but it seems safe to say that he'll be sticking with the Ducks for now.
Sat, Jun 18, 2016 12:51:00 PM

Sami Vatanen had a goal and an assist as the Ducks defeated the Predators 5-2 in Game 5 on Saturday night.

And just like that, after going down 2-0 in the first-round series, the Ducks are a game away from advancing. Vatanen had an active game, his goal giving the Ducks a 3-1 lead in the third period, but also recording five shots on goal, two penalty minutes and a plus-three rating. David Perron (goal, assist), Ryan Kesler, Ryan Garbutt and Cam Fowler got the other goals. Ryan Getzlaf and Jakob Silfverberg chipped in with two assists apiece.
Sat, Apr 23, 2016 09:05:00 PM

Sami Vatanen is over his illness.

Vatanen will be available for Game 1 of the Ducks' first round series. He had nine goals and 38 points in 71 games during the regular season.
Tue, Apr 12, 2016 01:14:00 PM

Sami Vatanen (illness) will miss Saturday's contest in Colorado.

Vatanen has nine goals and 29 assists in 71 games this season. It's not clear if he'll miss Sunday's game in Washington too, but given that he's not even traveling with the Ducks to Colorado, we wouldn't be surprised if they opt to just let him continue to rest in Anaheim until the playoffs start.
Fri, Apr 8, 2016 06:43:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Ryan Getzlaf
2Ryan Kesler
3Antoine Vermette
4Nate Thompson
5Stefan Noesen
LW1Rickard Rakell
2Nick Ritchie
3Andrew Cogliano
4Joseph Cramarossa
5Nicolas Kerdiles
RW1Corey Perry
2Jakob Silfverberg
3Jared Boll
4Logan Shaw
5Ondrej Kase
D1Sami Vatanen
2Cam Fowler
3Hampus Lindholm
4Kevin Bieksa
5Simon Despres
6Clayton Stoner
7Korbinian Holzer
8Josh Manson
9Shea Theodore
G1John Gibson
2Jonathan Bernier