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Sami Vatanen | Defenseman

Team: Anaheim Ducks
Age / DOB:  (23) / 6/3/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 183
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Sami Vatanen has seven points this season and all have come on the power play.
The defenseman is tied for second in power play points with Keith Yandle, one behind the great Sidney Crosby. For those of you who read The Power Play Report, you already know that Vatanen is the only blueliner on the Ducks first power play unit and that he has surpassed Cam Fowler on the depth chart as far as the man advantage is concerned. "He’s a lot better this year than he was last year (because of his) experience and confidence," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "Things are going well for him. He signed a one-way contract during the summer, and last year he was on a two-way, so he was a little nervous every time something would go wrong or he wouldn’t do it right that he would be sent down. I think confidence has a lot to do with his game right now. He’s pretty confident and self-assured in what he’s doing." Oct 26 - 6:34 AM

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Sami Vatanen scored a goal and an assist in Friday night's 4-1 win over Columbus.

They were highlight worthy, too. His assist was on a great slap-pass to Corey Perry just 88-seconds in, and seven minutes later he was shooting through Perry's screen for his own powerplay goal. The sophomore defender now has seven points (three goals) through just eight games this season. He had just 21 points (six goals) in 48 games last season.
Oct 25 - 1:48 AM

Sami Vatanen scored two goals in Anaheim’s 3-0 win over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday night.

The goals were Vatanen’s first two of the season, and both were scored on the power play. The win was the Ducks fifth in a row. Ryan Getzlaf registered assists on both Vatanen goals. Matt Belesky scored the other goal for the Ducks. Vatanen now has two goals and five points in six games so far this season. The 23-year-old should finish the season with 30 to 40 points.
Oct 19 - 10:41 PM

Sami Vatanen quarterbacked the power play on Thursday and looked quite good while doing so.

The Ducks scored three times with the man-advantage and Vatanen set up two goals as Anaheim went with one defenseman and four forwards. Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Ryan Kesler and Patrick Maroon gave the Ducks a powerful unit on the power play and that bodes well for the rest of the season. Vatanen's fantasy value will be sky-high if he remains on the first unit. Grab him now if you can.
Oct 11 - 5:18 AM

Sami Vatanen got some power-play ice time during Saturday's preseason game.

Cam Fowler being sidelined due to a leg injury created an opening for Vatanen, but he's worth keeping an eye on even when Fowler returns. Vatanen had 21 points in 48 games last season and might have some fantasy value in standard leagues if he gets regular minutes in 2014-15.
Oct 6 - 5:15 AM

Sami Vatanen has inked a two-year, $2.525 million contract with the Anaheim Ducks.

Vatanen was a restricted free agent after completing his entry-level deal. He had six goals and 21 points in 48 games with Anaheim in 2013-14.
Jul 22 - 12:21 PM

Sami Vatanen has been called up by Anaheim and it looks like he'll play in Game 3.

He participated in the morning skate alongside Bryan Allen. If Vatanen does play then it will be his NHL playoff debut. He recorded six goals and 21 points in 48 games with the Ducks during the regular season.
May 8 - 3:36 PM

The Anaheim Ducks demoted defenseman Sami Vatanen to the AHL on Sunday.

Just a head's up as he isn't a big fantasy difference-maker, at least at this point in his young career.
Apr 20 - 5:27 PM

Defenseman Sami Vatanen assisted twice in the Anaheim Ducks' 3-2 overtime win over the visiting Colorado Avlanche in the team's regular-season finale Sunday night.

Vatanen finishes the season with 15 assists. He helped set up the game-winning goal by Nick Bonino in overtime. Bonino's goal was his 22nd. Also scoring goals for the Ducks were Patrick Maroon (15th) and Saku Koviu (11th).
Apr 13 - 11:17 PM

Sami Vatanen picked up two assists in the Ducks' 3-2 win on Wednesday.

That gives Vatanen 17 points in 43 games this season. The 22-year-old ranks 11th in the scoring race among rookie defensemen.
Mar 27 - 8:33 AM

With the injury to Cam Fowler, the Ducks will be looking to Sami Vatanen to provide some offensive punch from the blueline.

The Ducks recalled Vatanen from Norfolk to provide some scoring from the backend as Hampus Lindholm is Anaheim's only real active offensive defenseman. Vatanen just recently recovered from a lower-body injury but looked good in practice Saturday while paired with Bryan Allen. If you need a short-term boost from your blueline this season and you are looking for a nice sleeper for next season, pick up Vatanen.
Mar 23 - 12:22 PM

Sami Vatanen suffered a lower-body injury while playing for AHL Norfolk.

Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau thinks Vatanen will be healthy in two weeks. At that point he might be recalled by Anaheim.
Mar 7 - 9:12 AM

Sami Vatanen was told by the Anaheim Ducks that he was returned to the AHL for the purposes of activating Mark Fistric from the injured reserve list.

"He knows exactly the reason why he went down," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "So it's not like we pull him in and say 'You're playing bad. These guys are ahead of you.' He knows why he's in this situation." Vatanen was one of two defenseman on Anaheim's roster signed to a two-way deal. The other was Hampus Lindholm, who has been one of the NHL's best rookies this season.
Feb 26 - 9:07 AM

Sami Vatanen has been sent down to the minors by the Anaheim Ducks.

Vatanen had five assists in six games with Finland during the Olympics. He also has six goals and 14 points in 41 contests with Anaheim in 2013-14.
Feb 25 - 3:46 PM

Sami Vatanen has gotten off to a great start with four assists in two Olympic games.

Vatanen leads all defensemen in that regard. He's been playing for Finland in the Olympics, which started the competition against two significantly weaker teams in Norway and Austria. All the same, this should be a nice confidence boost for the 22-year-old blueliner.
Feb 14 - 5:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Ryan Getzlaf
2Ryan Kesler
3Rickard Rakell
4Nate Thompson
5William Karlsson
LW1Emerson Etem
2Jakob Silfverberg
3Dany Heatley
4Matt Beleskey
5Patrick Maroon
RW1Corey Perry
2Andrew Cogliano
3Kyle Palmieri
4Tim Jackman
D1Cam Fowler
2Francois Beauchemin
3Hampus Lindholm
4Ben Lovejoy
5Sami Vatanen
6Clayton Stoner
7Mark Fistric
8Josh Manson
9Sheldon Souray
G1Frederik Andersen
2John Gibson