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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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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. Feb 17 - 10:33 PM
Source: ESPN.com

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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

Sami Vatanen has been fined $3,393.82 for elbowing Toronto forward David Booth.

The incident occurred during the third period of Wednesday's 4-0 win over the Maple Leafs. Vatanen was penalized on the play, but Booth was forced to the leave the game with what looked like a concussion. The Anaheim blueliner is fortunate that he wasn't suspended, especially after Minnesota's Ryan Suter earned a two-game ban for elbowing on Wednesday.
Jan 15 - 2:10 PM

Sami Vatanen set up two goals Friday in the Ducks 4-3 win over St. Louis.

The defenseman is having a breakout season offensively for the Ducks as he now has nine goals and 26 points in 40 games. Vatanen also quarterbacks the Anaheim power play and is only 23, so he has a bright future in the NHL.
Jan 3 - 6:21 AM

Sami Vatanen scored a goal in a 6-2 loss to Toronto Tuesday night.

It was Vatanen's ninth goal of the season, which puts him in a tie for second place among blueliners. In just 33 games, he's already topped his 2013-14 rookie totals with his nine goals and 24 points.
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 08:02:00 AM

Sami Vatanen got the scoring started in Anaheim's 4-2 win in Edmonton on Friday night.

It was a twisted wrister from the point as he put home his eighth goal, and fifth on the power play, of the season just 4:56 into the game. However it was his perfect pass off the second period draw that was special as Vatanen led Kyle Palmieri on a perfect saucer-pass through Nail Yakupov's legs in full stride to make it 2-0. Vatanen now has 23 points.
Sat, Dec 13, 2014 12:51:00 AM

Sami Vatanen scored a goal in Wednesday's 5-4 shootout win over Philadelphia.

He hasn't been shy about jumping into the play and it's led to a great offensive season from the 23-year-old blueliner. "He knows when to go," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "He took it upon himself. You always think he's going to get checked but he finds a way to wiggle his way through everybody. I hope he doesn't stop doing that." Vatanen has seven goals and 21 points in 27 games this campaign.
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 04:46:00 PM

Sami Vatanen scored once and assisted on two in the Ducks 4-3 SO loss to Anaheim on Tuesday.

The Ducks’ young defensemen is red hot with points in four of his last five games and has been an offensive force all season with 16 points (5G-11A) in 20 games thus far. His two assists were power play markers and he racked up 21:47 of ice time. It wasn’t all roses for Vatanen though as he did cough up the puck on two of the Flames goals in third period.
Wed, Nov 19, 2014 01:35:00 AM

Coach Bruce Boudreau loves the slapshot of defenseman Sami Vatanen.

Boudreau has Vatanen quarterbacking the power play and Vatanen has not disappointed scoring all four of his goals with the man-advantage as well as six of his eight assists. "Some of the smallest guys in hockey have always had some of the biggest shots," Boudreau said of the 5'10" rearguard. "Like golf, I know a lot of short people who can hit the ball 300 yards plus. But I have no clue, quite frankly." Vatanen is a must play in all fantasy pools.
Sat, Nov 15, 2014 05:31:00 AM

Sami Vatanen scored a goal in Anaheim's 2-1 shootout loss to Vancouver on Sunday night.

The Ducks were without Corey Perry (flu), but they still managed to pick up a point in defeat. Vatanen has been a big surprise for Anaheim this season. The 23-year-old has four goals and 10 points in 16 games, and all four of his goals have come on the power play. Vatanen has played over 20:00 in all but three of Anaheim's games. He should continue to get a good amount of ice time going forward, which should allow him to keep putting up good offensive numbers.
Mon, Nov 10, 2014 12:03:00 AM

Sami Vatanen has yet to pick up a point when the Ducks are at even strength.

Fortunately for Vatanen fantasy owners, the blueliner has three goals and six assists on the power play. Just an FYI as he is tied for the lead in power play points among defensemen with Kris Letang and Keith Yandle.
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 04:47:00 AM

Sami Vatanen played alongside Cam Fowler on Friday.

The Ducks were forced to juggle their blueliners with the injury to Mark Fistric and Vatanen got a boost as Josh Manson, the son of ex-NHLer Dave, made his NHL debut with Clayton Stoner as his defensive partner. Vatanen has seen his playing time in five-on-five situations go up over the last two games as he also continues to see plenty of time killing penalties and on the first power play. Vatanen has three goals and seven points in 12 games with all his points coming on the power play.
Sat, Nov 1, 2014 04:50:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Ryan Getzlaf
2Ryan Kesler
3Rickard Rakell
4Nate Thompson
5Chris Wagner
LW1Patrick Maroon
2Jakob Silfverberg
3Emerson Etem
4Jiri Sekac
5Matt Beleskey
RW1Corey Perry
2Andrew Cogliano
3Tim Jackman
4Kyle Palmieri
5Rene Bourque
D1Cam Fowler
2Francois Beauchemin
3Hampus Lindholm
4Ben Lovejoy
5Sami Vatanen
6Eric Brewer
7Clayton Stoner
8Josh Manson
9Sheldon Souray
G1Frederik Andersen
2John Gibson