Sami Vatanen

#45 D / Anaheim Ducks / EXP: 3YRS Height: 5-10 Weight: 183 lb Age: 24 College: None

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      Ducks' Sami Vatanen: Records two points in loss

      Vatanen picked up a goal and an assist in 23:02 on ice in Wednesday's 4-2 loss in Arizona. Vatanen has been on fire of late, posting 10 points over his last nine games. The 24-year-old defenseman's slow start to the season is a thing of the past, and he is on pace to easily blow his 37-point output from a season ago out of the water despite Anaheim's offensive struggles.

    • Ducks' Vatanen Notches Two Points In Game 5

      News: Sami Vatanen tallied a goal and an assist in Monday's Game 5 win over the Blackhawks.
      Analysis: Sami Vatanen has had a strong offensive showing in the playoffs, as Monday was his third multi-point performance of the postseason. He figures to remain one of top options for fantasy purposes on the Ducks' blueline as Anaheim looks to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals in Wednesday's Game 6.
    • Ducks' Vatanen Contributes Assist, Five SOG

      News: Sami Vatanen had a productive outing in Tuesday's triple-overtime Game 2 loss to the Blackhawks, producing an assist, five shots on goal, and five blocks across 37:57 of ice time.
      Analysis: Sami Vatanen very nearly ended the game on two occasions, hitting the post behind Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford twice in the extra periods. The 23-year-old is the Ducks' top offensive threat from the blue line, and his numbers through this point in the postseason have backed it up. Over the Ducks' 11 games, Vatanen has recorded two goals, six assists, and 24 shot attempts.
    • Vatanen's Two Points Lead Ducks To Series Victory

      News: Sami Vatanen registered a goal and assist in Wednesday's series-clinching Game 4 win over the Jets.
      Analysis: Though he was held off on the score sheet in the middle two games of the series, Sami Vatanen's multi-point efforts in Games 1 and 4 surely elated those who drafted him in playoff pools. Since returning from a lower-body injury in late March, Vatanen has shown little sign of rust. He has two goals, six assists and 40 shots over his last 14 games.
    • Vatanen Key For Ducks In Game 1

      News: Sami Vatanen scored the game-opening goal, then contributed two third-period power-play assists Thursday in a Game 1 victory over Winnipeg.
      Analysis: The Jets scored the next two goals after Sami Vatanen's early-first-period tally, but the Ducks rallied in the third, and the Finnish defenseman was a key cog. Of course, after he racked up a dozen goals and 37 points despite missing 15 games this year, that's not much of a surprise. Although Vatanen finished the regular season with five straight scoreless contests, the NHL playoffs are a new season of their own.
    • Vatanen Assists On Winning Goal For Ducks

      News: Sami Vatanen assisted on Corey Perry's overtime winner Friday night against the Avalanche.
      Analysis: Sami Vatanen sprung Perry on a breakaway in overtime after a great defensive play at his own blue line, leading to the game winner. However, the evening wasn't all smiles for the blue liner as he also coughed one up at the opposing blue line earlier in the night, allowing the Avs' Ryan O'Reilly to put his team up in the third. Expect Vatanen to shake off the rust and get back to being his usual self shortly.
    • Ducks' Vatanen Back In Lineup Friday

      News: Sami Vatanen (lower body) said he will return for Friday's game against Colorado, Lance Pugmire of the LA Times reports.
      Analysis: Sami Vatanen confirmed that he'll return from a month-long absence, after previously suggesting earlier in the week that he was ready to play. Clayton Stoner will likely be a healthy scratch as a result.
    • Ducks' Vatanen Expected Back Friday

      News: Sami Vatanen (lower body) is expected to return to the lineup Friday against the Avalanche, the Los Angeles Times reports.
      Analysis: Sami Vatanen has been sidelined since mid-February with the lower-body issue, but looks ready to dress. The defenseman has provided some firepower along the blue line this season, tallying 34 points (12 goals, 22 assists) in 57 games, and his return should give fantasy owners some extra help as the season winds down.
    • Ducks' Vatanen Likely To Remain Out Wednesday

      News: Sami Vatanen (lower body) appears unlikely to play Wednesday against the Kings,'s Curtis Zupke reports.
      Analysis: Sami Vatanen remained on the ice for extra work during Wednesday's morning skate, an indication the team plans to scratch him for the game. The Ducks activated the blueliner from injured reserve over the weekend, but he still seems to be in the day-to-day phase of his recovery from the injury. With another practice Thursday, Vatanen may be ready to go for Friday's match against the Avalanche.
    • Ducks' Vatanen Says He's Ready

      News: Sami Vatanen (lower body) indicated he's ready to play if needed for Wednesday's game against the Kings, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
      Analysis: Sami Vatanen's activation from injured reserve Sunday presumably confirmed that the blueliner is feeling healthy and ready to go, but it's possible coach Bruce Boudreau feels differently. The Ducks added two new defensemen to the mix after the trade deadline in Simon Despres and James Wisniewski, and Boudreau may be reluctant to disrupt the unit's still-developing chemistry by reintroducing Vatanen right away. That being said, Vatanen's addition would give the blue line a shot in the arm offensively. Vatanen leads all of the Ducks' defensemen with 12 goals on the season.
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