Sami Vatanen
Sami Vatanen
Sami Vatanen
Sami Vatanen
27-Year-Old D
2017–18 NHL Stats
2018–19 NHL Projections
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4
A
28
PP Pts
13
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-7
PIM
40
G
A
PP Pts
+/-
PIM
2018–19 Fantasy Outlook
Vatanen was New Jersey's most important blueliner after being acquired in a trade with Anaheim, averaging a team-high 22:45 of ice time while chipping in 28 points -- 11 on the power play -- in 57 games with the Devils. While he lacks Will Butcher's offensive upside, Vatane... read more
Vatanen was New Jersey's most important blueliner after being acquired in a trade with Anaheim, averaging a team-high 22:45 of ice time while chipping in 28 points -- 11 on the power play -- in 57 games with the Devils. While he lacks Will Butcher's offensive upside, Vatanen is still easily the best two-way blueliner on the team, meaning he should get heavy run in most situations. The Finnish defenseman's massive role gives him a high floor, and playing for a team that should be in playoff contention after last year's surprising postseason berth further minimizes his downside.
STATUS: Out    INJURY: Concussion    EST. RETURN: 9/24/2018   
SHOOTS: Right   HT: 5'10"   WT: 187 lbs.   DOB: 6/3/1991   Drafted: 4th Rd, #106 Overall in 2009Show Contract
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Sami Vatanen Contract Info:
Signed a four-year, $19.5 million contract extension in June of 2016. Deal includes a partial no-trade clause between 2018-20.
Injuries specified as concussion, facial laceration
DNew Jersey Devils
Concussion
April 24, 2018
Vatanen is said to have sustained a concussion and facial laceration from the hit by Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov in Game 4 of the conference quarterfinals, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
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Sami Vatanen NHL Stats
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Sami Vatanen 2017–18 NHL Game Log
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Sami Vatanen 2017–18 Depth Chart Status
#1 Right Defenseman
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2017–18 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    21:06
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:48
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    2:14
  • Average Time On Ice:
    22:45
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:29
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:36
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2015–16
21:19
2:52
2:14
2016–17
21:40
2:50
2:10
2017–18
21:06
2:48
2:14
2017–18
22:45
2:29
1:36
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  1. Sami Vatanen 2018–19 Preseason Outlook
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  2. Sami Vatanen 2017–18 Preseason Outlook
    It was a down year from Vatanen in 2016-17, as the power-play quarterback dropped to just a single goal and nine assists at even strength while posting a career-low 0.5 points per 60 minutes at five-on-five. Vatanen salvaged some of his fantasy value with 14 points on the man advantage, however, despite once again missed time due to injury and suited up for just 71 games. Missed time is becoming commonplace for the 26-year-old defenseman, which is further concerning because of his small stature (5-foot-10, 183 pounds). He underwent offseason shoulder surgery and might not be recovered in time to start the season. Still, there is bounce-back potential for Vatanen. His power-play role, offensive acumen and excellent shot all position him to top last season's 24 points, barring additional injury woes, of course.
  3. Sami Vatanen 2016–17 Preseason Outlook
    The most dangerous offensive weapon on the Ducks’ blue line, Vatanen set new career highs in points (38) and shots on goal (140), but his nine goals fell three short of the 12 he put up in 2014-15 in four less games. Vatanen is a smooth skater, a dynamic puck-mover and does well quarterbacking the league’s most potent power-play unit (23.1 percent last year), but he’s rather diminutive for a defenseman at 5-foot-10, 183-pounds. Not only is Vatanen more likely to get bumped off the puck by the opposition due to his stature, but injuries are a concern as well, as evidenced by the 26 games he’s missed over the last two campaigns. Still, his talent is undeniable and he’s just coming into his prime as a 25-year-old in his fourth full NHL season, so all signs point to Vatanen continuing to progress. Additionally, his average ice time was 21:19 in 2015-16, leaving him with plenty of room for additional scoring opportunities should new head coach Randy Carlyle decide to grant him more looks. The Finnish rearguard ended last season 29th in scoring among defensemen, but it’s probably best to expect that rank to improve as the Ducks’ core of players continues to improve.
  4. Sami Vatanen 2015–16 Preseason Outlook
    Vatanen emerged as a lethal offensive blueliner in 2014-15, finishing third among all NHL defensemen with seven power-play goals. It's an accomplishment made all the more impressive considering Vatanen missed 15 games with a leg injury, with the 24-year-old finishing the campaign with totals of 12 goals and 37 points, establishing himself as one of the top young players at his position. Never afraid to join the rush, Vatanen built off his superb regular season during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, where he recorded three goals and 11 points in 16 games. While he’s only played 123 career NHL contests, Vatanen has tremendous offensive instincts and has made great progress in two NHL seasons. He’s the quarterback on a lethal power-play unit featuring Ryan Getzlaf, Ryan Kesler, and Corey Perry, and led all Anaheim blueliners last season with 122 shots on goal. If he's able to avoid the health issues that plagued him a season ago, Vatanen could become a top-10 fantasy defenseman in both 2015-16 and the years to come.
  5. Sami Vatanen 2014–15 Preseason Outlook
    Vatanen’s second NHL season saw him substantially increase both his playing time and his productivity. But he still saw a lot of healthy scratches, particularly late in the season. Stephane Robidas has departed to Toronto, so those healthy scratches for Vatanen should decline. And he should get a shot at the point on the first power-play unit. This could be the start of something beautiful for his fantasy owners -- 35 points are within reach.
  6. Sami Vatanen 2013–14 Preseason Outlook
    Vatanen is a small, offensive dynamo who scored two goals in the eight games he played during the 2012-2013 regular season. He'd be considered a stud in the making if his parents had given him the gift of three more inches in height, but alas that didn't happen. Still, the Ducks have a serviceable defense corps that helps insulate players' shortcomings (see Souray, Sheldon), so Vatanen could be eased into NHL time nice and easy on the left coast. He has the tool belt to be an elite power-play QB, but like we said, those tools just hang a little closer to the ground than for most. Watch his development and don't be afraid to stash him on keeper rosters. Single-year leagues need to use more caution than that, so a waiver pick up might be in order.
  7. Sami Vatanen 2012–13 Preseason Outlook
    Vatanen has elite offensive abilities, and if he were over six feet, he'd be on the short list of the best defense prospects in the world. Everyone would know his name and they'd be tossing around words like game-breaker and stud. But he's 5-9 and that seriously changes the adjectives used to describe him. Watch from afar -- if he can show that he can handle his own-zone duties on smaller ice, we might have a sleeper.
Sami Vatanen News Updates
Didn't make it back
DNew Jersey Devils
Upper Body
April 23, 2018
Vatanen (upper body) was unable to return prior to the Devils getting bounced from the playoffs.
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Officially ruled out
DNew Jersey Devils
Upper Body
April 21, 2018
As expected, Vatanen (upper body) will not play Saturday afternoon in Game 5 against the Lightning, Mike Morreale of NHL.com reports.
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Not traveling with team
DNew Jersey Devils
Upper Body
April 20, 2018
Vatanen (upper body) didn't make the trip to Tampa Bay for Saturday's Game 5, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
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Still being evaluated
DNew Jersey Devils
Upper Body
April 19, 2018
The Devils have yet to decide whether Vatanen (upper body) will accompany the team to Tampa Bay for Game 5 on Saturday, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
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