Sami Vatanen

#45 D / Anaheim Ducks / EXP: 5YRS Height: 5-10 Weight: 183 lb Age: 26 College: None

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  • Vatanen recorded an assist, two shots on net and a plus-3 rating through 20:37 of ice time during Wednesday's 4-2 win over Boston. The FInnish defenseman now has a goal and three points through his past four games and appears to be rounding into form after missing nine contests to start the season with a shoulder injury. Vatanen is a serviceable option in the majority of fantasy settings, but expectations should probably remain in check. His offensive numbers declined steeply in 2016-17, and Anaheim's missing multiple key cogs due to injury.

  • Ducks' Sami Vatanen: Not slated to play Sunday
    By RotoWire Staff

    Vatanen did not participate in warmups prior to Sunday's contest against the Hurricanes, indicating that he won't draw into the lineup, Eric Stephens of The Orange County Register reports. Stephens clarifies that Vatanen is indeed healthy, so it would appear that the team is just easing him back into the lineup after his return from injury. Korbinian Holzer will draw into the lineup in Vatanen's place Sunday.

  • Ducks' Sami Vatanen: Gearing up for season debut
    By RotoWire Staff

    Vatanen (shoulder) was spotted on the ice taking line rushes with Jaycob Megna on Saturday morning, Eric Stephens of The Orange County Register reports, adding that it appears the Finn will make his season debut for the evening's contest against the Lightning. A respected two-way defenseman, Vatanen compiled 24 points (three goals, 21 assists) last season, which actually qualified as a down year offensively for the power-play quarterback. Still, he's recorded 100-plus blocked shots in each of the past three campaigns to widen his appeal in the fantasy realm. It would be wise to wait for official confirmation from the Ducks that Vatanen is good to go, but then again, Stephens sounds quite certain that the 2009 fourth-round draft pick will be out there.

  • Ducks' Sami Vatanen: Still not ready
    By RotoWire Staff

    Vatanen (shoulder), as expected, is not ready to return to action, Eric Stephens of The Orange County Register reports. Fantasy owners might have been expecting an early return after teammate Hampus Lindholm suited up a week ahead of his original timeline, but it appears Vatanen is still trending toward a Nov. 1 reintroduction to the lineup. The defenseman remains on injured reserve and the club would need to demote, waive or designate somebody for IR in order to activate him.

  • Ducks' Sami Vatanen: Out until November
    By RotoWire Staff

    Vatanen (shoulder) is expected to miss the opening month of the season after undergoing offseason surgery to repair a torn labrum. Vatanen -- who was has been skating with his teammates in the offseason -- would miss the Ducks' first 11 contests if he is unavailable until Nov. 1. His absence could be difficult for Anaheim to overcome considering it will also be without Hampus Lindholm (shoulder). With both players sidelined, coach Randy Carlyle will likely have to turn to Jaycob Megna and Korbinian Holzer in the interim.

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