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Sami Vatanen | Defenseman

Team: Anaheim Ducks
Age / DOB:  (23) / 6/3/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 180
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Sami Vatanen earned an assist in his return to the lineup on Friday night.
He had the lone helper on Corey Perry's game-winning goal in overtime against Colorado. Vatanen missed 15 games with a leg injury and he logged 22:21 of ice time in the victory, including 3:03 of power-play action. Mar 21 - 9:56 AM

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Look for Sami Vatanen (leg) to return on Friday.

Vatanen felt he was ready to play Wednesday, but Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau was reluctant to alter his defensive pairings at that time. He has 12 goals and 34 points in 57 contests in 2014-15. If he plays as expected, then Clayton Stoner would spend the game in the press box.
Source: NHL.com
Mar 20 - 4:41 PM

Sami Vatanen (leg) has declared himself fit to return, but he won't play Wednesday night.

Coach Bruce Boudreau wants to make sure that Vatanen is completely healthy, so he's holding him out for at least another game. The Ducks have a crowded defense corps now following he acquisitions of Simon Despres and James Wisniewski, so where exactly Vatanen will fit in once he returns is unclear.
Mar 18 - 5:08 PM

Sami Vatanen (leg) believes he's ready to return to the Ducks' lineup.

Vatanen might not play on Wednesday though as Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau is reluctant to alter his winning lineup. Vatanen has 12 goals and 34 points in 57 contests in 2014-15.
Mar 17 - 4:26 PM

Sami Vatanen (leg) may be ready for Wednesday's game against Los Angeles.

He has been sidelined since Feb. 15 and it's unclear if he'll play versus the Kings even if he is healthy. Coach Bruce Boudreau may want to keep his winning lineup together and wait to put Vantanen back in after a 14-game absence.
Mar 16 - 4:20 PM

Sami Vatanen (leg) won't be ready to rejoin the Ducks on Friday.

Vatanen has been out of Anaheim's lineup since Feb. 15, but he's close to returning. He has 12 goals and 34 points in 57 contests in 2014-15.
Mar 12 - 6:08 PM

Anaheim won't get Sami Vatanen back from a leg injury on Wednesday.

Coach Bruce Boudreau also confirmed that Matt Beleskey (shoulder) won't return against Calgary. However, both of them are close to getting back into the fold.
Mar 11 - 3:02 PM

Sami Vatanen (leg) is close to being able to return.

There's an outside chance Vatanen will be back on Wednesday, but Friday is a more realistic target date. Vatanen has missed 11 straight games.
Mar 11 - 9:12 AM

Sami Vatanen (leg) is expected to practice with the Anaheim Ducks on their upcoming three game road trip.

Vatanen was hurt on February 15 and the prognosis was four-six weeks so he is right on schedule. The Ducks power play has really suffered since he was injured as Anaheim has scored only once in 13 attempts in the last 19 days. Vatanen has seven goals on the pp to lead the Ducks and his 10 assists are tied for the team lead with Ryan Getzlaf. The Ducks need their quarterback on the power play back.
Mar 7 - 5:08 AM

Sami Vatanen (leg) is getting better and is please with his progress.

Vatanen was injured on February 15 and it was thought he would be out four-six weeks so he should return by the beginning of April at the latest which would still give him 10 days in the regular season to get ready for the playoffs. "I will be ready before the playoffs," Vatanen said. "I can play some games and be ready for the most exciting time of the season." Vatanen was the Ducks top offensive defenseman when injured as he had 12 goals and 34 points in 57 games.
Feb 28 - 5:42 AM

ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun says that the "top priority" for the Ducks is getting a defenseman by the deadline.

Sami Vatanen is out four to six weeks, and he ranked third on the team with 21:40 minutes per game. LeBrun also says that the Ducks could look at a top-nine piece with Matt Beleskey out two-to-four weeks. They are 1-3-1 over their past five games.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 17 - 10:33 PM

Sami Vatanen (lower body) will miss the next four-to-six weeks.

In other words, Vatanen will return with enough time to shake off the rust before the start of the playoffs, but this is a huge blow to his fantasy value for the rest of the campaign. He has 12 goals and 34 points in 57 contests in 2014-15. Anaheim called up defenseman Josh Manson, who is likely to play regularly during Vatanen's absence.
Feb 17 - 4:00 PM

Sami Vatanen suffered a lower-body injury in Sunday's game against Washington.

The Ducks were handed a double blow when it was announced that they've lost both Vatinen and Matt Beleskey for the rest of the contest. Vatanen left the game after playing just 5:22 in this one. We'll pass along an update as soon as one is made available.
Feb 15 - 9:17 PM

Sami Vatanen scored a goal in Anaheim's 5-3 loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday.

Vatanen has recorded a point in three of his last four contests. He has 12 goals and 33 points in 54 contests in 2014-15.
Feb 9 - 4:43 AM

Sami Vatanen scored his 10th goal of the season on Saturday.

It was a power play effort and it extended to five straight, the number of games that the Ducks have scored at least one goal with the man-advantage. Vatanen has 29 points in 46 games this season, his best to date in the NHL.
Source: NHL.com
Jan 18 - 5:38 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Ryan Getzlaf
2Ryan Kesler
3Rickard Rakell
4Nate Thompson
5Chris Wagner
LW1Matt Beleskey
2Jakob Silfverberg
3Patrick Maroon
4Tomas Fleischmann
5Jiri Sekac
RW1Corey Perry
2Andrew Cogliano
3Kyle Palmieri
4Emerson Etem
5Tim Jackman
D1Cam Fowler
2James Wisniewski
3Francois Beauchemin
4Hampus Lindholm
5Sami Vatanen
6Simon Despres
7Korbinian Holzer
8Clayton Stoner
9Sheldon Souray
G1Frederik Andersen
2John Gibson