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Sami Vatanen | Defenseman | #45

Team: New Jersey Devils
Age / DOB:  (26) / 6/3/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 187
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 4 (106) / ANA
Contract: view contract details

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Sami Vatanen registered an assist in the Devils' 4-2 loss to Minnesota on Thursday.
Vatanen has gotten five assists in his last four games. That gives him two goals and 22 points in 52 contests in 2017-18. He got off to a slow start with the Ducks, but has heated up with the Devils, recording 18 points in his last 37 contests. Feb 23 - 4:59 AM

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Sami Vatanen registered three assists in New Jersey's 4-3 overtime win against Washington Thursday night.

It was Vatanen's 300th career game and the first of those assists was the 100th of his career. With that three-point showing, he also now has a goal and 10 points in 20 contests with New Jersey since the trade. "Sami is really settling," Devils coach John Hynes noted. "His puck movement has been good. He was moving the puck when he first got here. His decisions now are smart. He’s making plays at the right times and not forcing plays."
Jan 19 - 9:12 AM

Sami Vatanen is on a four-game point streak.

Vatanen kept that run going by registering an assist in the Devils' 3-2 shootout loss to St. Louis. He got off to a quiet start offensively with New Jersey, with one point in his first 11 contests following his trade from Anaheim, but he's heating up.
Jan 3 - 7:45 AM

Although he has only registered three points in 13 games since being acquired from Anaheim, Sami Vatanen should be a strong fantasy player based on his offensive aggressiveness.

In Friday night's loss against the Sabres, Vatanen took eight shots on goal. What is more impressive about that stat is that the Devils had only one power play that lasted a mere 29 seconds. In other words, Vatanen took those eight shots while the Devils were playing five-on-five. If you have Vatanen on your fantasy squad, be patient. He will start to rack up some numbers if he continues to attack as he has done since arriving in New Jersey.
Sat, Dec 30, 2017 09:49:00 AM

Sami Vatanen registered his first point as a member of the New Jersey Devils Monday night.

"It’s been a little while since I got a point or scored a goal. I just try to play a simple game and throw the puck to the net and sometimes you get good bounces," Vatanen said. It seems appropriate that he chipped in offensively in his first game against Anaheim since the Ducks traded him. Vatanen has a goal and five points in 24 contests this season between Anaheim and New Jersey.
Tue, Dec 19, 2017 06:07:00 AM

Sami Vatanen will play against his former teammates from the Ducks Monday.

Vatanen was dealt almost three weeks ago to the Devils for Adam Henrique and Joseph Blandisi. The Devils needed a good defenseman and Anaheim was looking for help down the middle so both teams got what they needed. He has led all Devils blueliners in ice time since the trade. Vatanen has not been a scorer this season with only a goal and four points, all with Anaheim in 15 games as he is pointless in eight games with New Jersey. Look for Vatanen to get 20 points the rest of the way and take him if this is what you are looking for.
Mon, Dec 18, 2017 07:31:00 AM

Sami Vatanen had a strong first game as a New Jersey Devil.

Vatanen led all Devils' players in ice time (23:13) and was a fixture on the team's second powerplay alongside Damon Severson at the point. We wouldn't be surprised if he joined Will Butcher on the squad's first unit Saturday night against the Coyotes. If Vatanan is available in your pool, grab him immediately.
Sat, Dec 2, 2017 09:06:00 AM

Sami Vatanen will be paired up with Andy Greene on Friday.

It will be Vatanen's debut with the Devils after he was acquired from Anaheim on Thursday. Vatanen is also getting a spot on the top power-play unit, but not in place of rookie defenseman Will Butcher. Instead, Vatanen will actually be taking the traded Adam Henrique's spot, which means that the Devils will be using two blueliners instead of one on their top power-play unit, at least for now. We'll have to see if these units stick.
Fri, Dec 1, 2017 03:12:00 PM

Sami Vatanen should make his Devils debut on Friday against Colorado.

New Jersey acquired Vatanen from Anaheim on Thursday in a deal that also involved Adam Henrique. Vatanen will be logging big minutes for the Devils, but the X-Factor is how much power-play ice time Vatanen will get. As things currently stand, rookie Will Butcher has typically been the lone defenseman on the Devils' first power-play unit and he's excelled in that role. Damon Severson has usually served on the Devils' second power-play unit. Vatanen might end up replacing Severson, but we'll have to wait and see.
Fri, Dec 1, 2017 07:11:00 AM

The New Jersey Devils have acquired Sami Vatanen and a conditional third round draft pick from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Adam Henrique, Joseph Blandisi, and a 2018 third-round selection.

In Vatanen, the Devils are getting a blueliner capable of logging top minutes, but his value to fantasy owners is somewhat more suspect. He had 37 points in 2014-15 and 38 points in 2015-16, but he fell to 24 points last season. So far this has been another rough campaign offensively as he's been limited to a goal and four points in 15 contests, though it's worth noting that a shoulder injury cost him the start of the campaign. Regardless, this trade offers him a fresh start. We don't recommend grabbing him immediately in standard leagues, but he is worth keeping an eye on.
Thu, Nov 30, 2017 10:20:00 AM

Sami Vatanen netted his first goal of the season on Tuesday.

Vatanen was playing in his fifth game as he couldn't make his season debut until Oct. 28 due to a shoulder injury. He's a big part of the Ducks' defense and does chip in offensively, but he's still not one of the more attractive fantasy options. He might end up with around 20 points this season, in part due to his time missed due to injury.
Wed, Nov 8, 2017 04:34:00 AM

Sami Vatanen will not play Sunday against Carolina.

Vatanen is listed as a healthy scratch for the match after he got back in the lineup on Saturday night. He was on the ice for the pregame warmup, but he didn't take part in line rushes. Anaheim doesn't want to play him back-to-back after he just returned, which is understandable.
Sun, Oct 29, 2017 04:59:00 PM

Sami Vatanen appears to be ready to return from his shoulder injury Saturday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Vatanen took regular line rushes alongside Jaycob Megna at the Ducks' morning skate, indicating he is set to return. He also isn't listed on injured reserve anymore on Anaheim's official website. He hasn't played yet this season due to off-season shoulder surgery. The Ducks will be happy to welcome him back to the lineup after news broke that Cam Fowler could be sidelined for another month. Vatanen should see power-play time and is worth monitoring.
Sat, Oct 28, 2017 12:13:00 PM

Sami Vatanen (shoulder) might be able to make his return during the Ducks' upcoming four-game road trip.

In other words, Vatanen isn't expected to be available on Friday, but anything after that is a real possibility. "Well, it’s close," Vatanen said. "But it’s not quite there for me right now. It’s getting close. It might be just a little while more and we’re ready to play. I want to feel that I’m ready to take the hits and I’ll be ready to give some hits." He had three goals and 24 points in 71 contests last season.
Thu, Oct 19, 2017 04:11:00 AM

Sami Vatanen (shoulder) was back at practice for the first time this season on Sunday.

Vatanen had offseason shoulder surgery and it was thought that he would be back sometime in November at the earliest but coach Randy Carlyle thinks that an October return is possible. Vatanen had only 24 points in 71 games last season but did have 38 points the previous campaign. Expect something in the middle this season from the blueliner.
Mon, Oct 9, 2017 05:58:00 AM

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