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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 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. Jan 18 - 5:38 AM

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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

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."
Sun, Oct 26, 2014 06:34:00 AM

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.
Sat, Oct 25, 2014 01:48:00 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.
Sun, Oct 19, 2014 10:41:00 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.
Sat, Oct 11, 2014 05:18:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Ryan Getzlaf
2Ryan Kesler
3Rickard Rakell
4Nate Thompson
LW1Patrick Maroon
2Jakob Silfverberg
3Matt Beleskey
RW1Corey Perry
2Andrew Cogliano
3Tim Jackman
4Kyle Palmieri
5Devante Smith-Pelly
6Rene Bourque
D1Cam Fowler
2Francois Beauchemin
3Hampus Lindholm
4Ben Lovejoy
5Sami Vatanen
6Eric Brewer
7Colby Robak
8Clayton Stoner
9Sheldon Souray
G1Frederik Andersen
2Ilya Bryzgalov