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Sami Vatanen, D

Shoots: R

Height: 5-10

Weight: 180

Born: 1991-06-03

Hometown: Jyvaskyla, Finland

Drafted: 2009 by Anaheim Ducks, 106th Overall

 

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

 

March 2014 - Sami Vatanen has been recalled to the Ducks. As mentioned before, this was purely for roster reasons and he will be up with the team for the remainder of the season and into the playoffs. Vatanen did not see any time with the Admirals as he was apparently nursing an injury for two weeks. -Kevin Won

 

 

February 2014 - Sami Vatanen has been sent down to the AHL, due to roster capping issues. He will be able to be called up in mid-March after the limit is lifted. He was one of the few players that did not require waivers so ultimately he was sent down. -Kevin Won

 

February 2014 - Sami Vatanen had a stellar Olympics, leading the team with five assists in six games. He led the Finnish defence in ice time, logging over 111 minutes in six games, which average to about 18.5 minutes per game. He finished the tourney with a strong plus-3. He currently has 14 points in 41 games with the Ducks, which is quite good for a rookie defenceman. Hopefully his international success can translate into more power play time with the Ducks. This is a good window to buy Vatanen before he potentially gets too expensive. Kevin Won

 

November 2013 - Vatanen is having a solid debut season, posting a formidable five points (one goal, four assists) in 16 games along with a plus-3 rating. He is being used extensively on the PP with Cam Fowler, receiving an average of over three minutes per game. However, this may play a factor in Anaheim's 26th ranked PP, which has only started to heat up again. Still young, Vatanen is expected to take some time to adjust to the rigors of the NHL. His vision and strong passing skills have been displayed in spurts, but only with experience will Vatanen gain more confidence on the already strong Anaheim blueline. Kevin Won

 


March 2013 - Vatanen is currently tied with Peter Holland for the lead in AHL scoring with 40 points in 53 games. Earlier in the season, Vatanen enjoyed his first taste of the NHL, playing his first three NHL games averaging over 15 minutes of ice time. He also saw some first PP time as well. Described by coach Boudreau as a "risk taker", Vatanen will need some more seasoning in the AHL as he is at times weak defensively. His excellent skating and poise will always be his primary strengths. When he gets the opportunity, expect him to take full advantage of it. Vatanen has been a project since he was drafted back in 2009, but has stepped up to the challenge at every level. Kevin Won

 

January 2013 – Vatanen has been excellent in his debut in North American pro hockey. He has compiled 23 points in 34 games for Norfolk this season and is currently Anaheim’s preferred seventh option on the back end. He will continue to be bumped up and down as required and looks to be a notable fantasy option for those able to store him on their roster. Jason Banks


December 2011 – On loan to JYP after a mediocre camp in the fall, smooth-skating offensive defenseman Sami Vatanen appears to have taken the next step in his development as a future PMD. The Finnish league’s leading point-getter among defensemen, the 20-year-old needs to acclimate to the physical burdens of the North American game. But with Lubomir Visnovsky a prime example of what a strong core and big-league work ethic can do for a smaller player, Vatanen is in good hands. Dobber

 

Fantasy Outlook: B+

 

Elite vision and hard shot are his strengths; players like Rafalski and Enstrom show that there Vatanen has potential to thrive in the NHL.

 

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Vatanen's first NHL goal:

 

 

Great performance at the 2010 WJC:

 

 

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