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45 Sami Vatanen D

Dallas Stars

Fantasy Stats
ROST%START%
15%5%
Key Stats
GAPTS+/-PIMTOI
24632017:01

Player Updates

April 24, 2021 10:56 PM
Stars' Sami Vatanen: Back from one-game absence
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vatanen (upper body) had two shots and one block in Saturday's 2-1 overtime win over Detroit.

Vatanen missed Thursday's tilt with the Red Wings but returned to log 13:41 of ice time on the back end, all of it at even strength. The 29-year-old, who is looking for his first point with Dallas, has two goals and four assists in 36 games overall this season between the Stars and Devils.

April 24, 2021 11:24 AM
Stars' Sami Vatanen: Ready to rock
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vatanen (upper body) will be available for Saturday's game versus the Red Wings, Matthew DeFranks of The Dallas Morning News reports.

At this point it isn't clear if Vatanen will be in the lineup against Detroit, but he'll be available if needed. The 29-year-old blueliner has tallied six points through 30 games this campaign.

April 22, 2021 07:12 PM
Stars' Sami Vatanen: Dealing with injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vatanen (upper body) won't suit up in Thursday's game against Detroit, Matthew DeFranks of The Dallas Morning News reports.

The specifics of the injury remain unclear, but the Finn will miss his first game since Feb. 16. Vatanen has had a decent season to this point, supplying six points and 37 blocks across 17:14 of average ice time. Vatanen's next chance to suit up is in Saturday's game against Detroit, and he'll be replaced by Joel Hanley in the lineup Thursday.

April 12, 2021 08:32 PM
Stars' Sami Vatanen: Scooped off waivers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Stars claimed Vatanen off waivers from the Devils on Monday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.

Vatanen recorded six points through 30 games with the Devils this season, and he'll get a fresh start with the Stars. It's an interesting pickup by the Stars, as they're on the outside looking in at a playoff spot, though there's little risk because of Vatanen's reasonable one-year, $2 million contract. Vatanen could make his Stars debut as early as Tuesday versus the Panthers.

April 12, 2021 08:32 PM
Devils' Sami Vatanen: Pockets helper
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vatanen recorded an assist in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Penguins.

Vatanen was waived Sunday morning, but he stayed in the lineup. The assist was just his sixth points in 30 contests this year as he's struggled through one of his worst scoring campaigns. The Finn has added 37 blocked shots, 41 shots on net and a plus-2 rating in 2020-21. It'll be known Monday if Vatanen cleared waivers or if he's been claimed by another team.

April 12, 2021 08:32 PM
Devils' Sami Vatanen: Hits waivers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vatanen was placed on waivers by the Devils on Sunday, Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic reports.

Vatanen has played in 29 straight games for the Devils. The 29-year-old has recorded five points and 36 blocked shots this year. He's under contract at a $2 million cap hit, so he could be claimed on waivers by a team needing blue-line depth ahead of the playoffs.

March 31, 2021 12:04 PM
Devils' Sami Vatanen: Goes plus-3 in defeat
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vatanen had one shot, one block and a plus-3 rating in Tuesday's 5-4 shootout loss to Boston.

New Jersey's third paring of Vatanen and Ryan Murray submitted a strong two-way performance, but this is about the best you can expect from Vatanen at this point in his career. He reached the 37-point mark twice with Anaheim but has only five points in 24 games with season.

March 5, 2021 09:12 PM
Devils' Sami Vatanen: Picks up first point
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vatanen had an assist and a minus-2 rating in Thursday's 6-1 loss to the Rangers.

Vatanen scored his first point of the season on a fluky assist, as his pass went all the way down the ice and bounced off the end boards onto the stick of Jack Hughes, who deposited it into the net for the game's first goal. The 29-year-old Finn has topped the 35-point mark twice, but the last time he did so was in 2015-16 with Anaheim, and injuries seem to have sapped much of his offensive effectiveness since then.

February 18, 2021 12:48 PM
Devils' Sami Vatanen: Will debut Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vatanen is expected to make his season debut Thursday against the Bruins, Corey Masisak of The Athletic reports.

Vatanen has yet to play this season due to the NHL's COVID-19 protocols, so he'll likely have some rust to shake off against the Bruins. The 29-year-old blueliner picked up 23 points in 47 games last campaign.

February 17, 2021 01:12 PM
Devils' Sami Vatanen: Could debut Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vatanen (not injury related) will be added to the Devils' active roster and could make his season debut Thursday against the Bruins, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.

Vatanen has yet to play this season due to the NHL's COVID-19 protocols, but it looks like he's on track to make his debut against Boston. The 29-year-old blueliner picked up 23 points in 47 games with New Jersey last campaign.

February 16, 2021 06:44 PM
Devils' Sami Vatanen: Can't go Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vatanen (not injury related) won't play in Tuesday's game versus the Rangers, Corey Masisak of The Athletic reports.

Vatanen cleared the NHL's COVID-19 protocol Sunday and has been practicing with the team. He'll need more time to get his conditioning right, so the 29-year-old's season debut is on hold for now. His next chance to play is Thursday versus the Bruins.

February 16, 2021 02:36 AM
Devils' Sami Vatanen: Practicing Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vatanen (COVID-19 protocols) was on the ice for Monday's practice, Corey Masisak of The Athletic reports.

Vatanen's return could clear the way for him to be activated off non-roster injured reserve ahead of Tuesday's clash with the Rangers. If the defenseman does suit up, it will be his first appearance of the season.

February 14, 2021 06:12 PM
Devils' Sami Vatanen: Removed from protocol
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vatanen cleared the NHL's COVID-19 protocol Sunday, Corey Masisak of The Athletic reports.

Vatanen is on injured reserve, so he'll still need to be activated officially before he's eligible to enter the lineup. Expect the Finn to resume a regular role in the Devils' top-four when he returns.

February 8, 2021 05:44 PM
Devils' Sami Vatanen: Lands in protocol again
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vatanen was added to the NHL's COVID-19 list Monday, Corey Masisak of The Athletic reports.

Vatanen was removed from the protocol list over the weekend but finds himself back there again. Because the NHL already postponed the Devils' games for the next week, the 5-foot-10 defenseman won't be back in action until at least Feb. 16. Vatanen should be ready to make his season debut by that point.

February 7, 2021 11:29 PM
Devils' Sami Vatanen: Lifted from protocol list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vatanen was removed from the NHL's COVID-19 protocol list Sunday, Corey Masisak of The Athletic reports.

Vatanen will still have to be added to the active roster before suiting up in a game. The 29-year-old blueliner was dealing with an immigration delay and hasn't played yet this season. He'll have a chance to return Tuesday against the Penguins but it's unclear if he'll be ready by then.

January 22, 2021 04:32 AM
Devils' Sami Vatanen: Still sidelined
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vatanen (immigration) has yet to join the team, though coach Lindy Ruff expects an update soon, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.

Considering Vatanen still hasn't joined the team, he will almost certainly miss the club's next two games versus the Islanders. The emergence of Ty Smith has given the Devils some added depth on the blue line, which will make it that much harder for Vatanen to secure regular minutes and avoid being a healthy scratch from time-to-time.

January 14, 2021 10:56 PM
Devils' Sami Vatanen: Starts season on IR
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vatanen will start the season on injured reserve due to visa issues, per TSN.

Vatanen will need to quarantine for seven days once he arrives in New Jersey, so he likely won't be ready to play for a while. The 29-year-old blueliner picked up 23 points in 47 games with the Devils last season, and he will likely slot into a top-four role once he's ready to rock.

January 8, 2021 05:44 PM
Devils' Sami Vatanen: Re-signs with Devils
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vatanen signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Devils on Thursday.

Vatanen remained a free agent far longer than expected and ultimately decided to return to the team he's spent the past two seasons with for the 2020-21 campaign. The 29-year-old blueliner picked up 23 points, 10 of which came on the power play, in 47 games with New Jersey last season. However, he may have to settle for a bottom-four role at even strength this year and could have a less significant role with the man advantage, so it wouldn't be surprising to see his offensive production decline.

August 14, 2020 12:32 AM
Hurricanes' Sami Vatanen: Takes regular shift in return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vatanen (undisclosed) had two shots and three blocks with one hit Thursday in a 3-2 Game 2 win over the Bruins.

After missing the opening game of the series, Vatanen returned to the lineup and logged just over 19 minutes of playing time. The veteran defensemen enjoyed a nice series during the qualifying round against the Rangers, chipping in with three assists, six PIM and five shots on goal over three games.

August 13, 2020 07:52 PM
Hurricanes' Sami Vatanen: Back in lineup Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vatanen (undisclosed) will suit up in Thursday's Game 2 against the Bruins, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reports.

Vatanen was forced to miss the opening game of the series with the undisclosed issue, but as evidenced by this news, he'll be a big boost to the lineup. In the first three games of the play-in series against the Rangers, the Finn racked up three assists and averaged 19:14 of ice time. Vatanen will enter the lineup on a pairing with Brady Skjei, as Jake Gardiner and Joel Edmundson will make their way out of the lineup.

Last 7 Games
DateOpponentResultGAPTS+/-TOI
05/03@ FLAL 4-5 (OT)000-112:04
05/01@ NSHL 0-1 (OT)000015:24
04/26vs CARW 4-3 (OT)000+118:55
04/24@ DETW 2-1 (OT)000013:41
04/20vs DETW 5-2000019:05
04/19vs DETW 3-2 (SO)000-116:39
04/17vs CLBW 5-1000+119:30
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Career Stats
SeasonteamGPGAPTS+/-PPSHGWFWFL
2020-21DAL39246300000
2019-20CAR4751823-1210000
2018-19NJ5041317-1730000
2017-18ANA-NJ7242832-710000
2016-17ANA7132124320000
2015-16ANA7192938840200
2014-15ANA67122537571111
2013-14ANA4861521920000
2012-13ANA8202310000
Total47347153200-5211311
More Career Stats
SeasonteamGPSOGS%TOI/GSHIFTSPPTOISHTOIPIMMJRMSCMNR
2020-21DAL39553.617:008388.9877.0320009
2019-20CAR47955.321:451246143.0392.40220010
2018-19NJ501073.721:431317112:3695:27220011
2017-18ANA-NJ721452.822:232001183:15124:18400020
2016-17ANA711172.621:391806201:14153:22300014
2015-16ANA711406.421:181863204:03159:06200010
2014-15ANA671229.821:261717209:18118:57360018
2013-14ANA48738.217:261111115:399:23220010
2012-13ANA8633.315:4517320:400:330000
Total4738605.520:47120721198:46830:3221200102
 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
5-10/183
Birthdate:
06/03/1991
Age:
30
Hometown:
Jyvaskyla, Finland
Team:
Dallas Stars
School:

NHL Experience:
8