Anaheim Ducks
Anaheim Ducks
Sami Vatanen
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 5' 10"
BIRTHDATE: 06/03/1991
AGE: 25
DRAFTED: ANA: 2009-106 overall
AHL All-Rookie Team (2013) AHL First All-Star Team (2013)
2014-15: Appeared in his third NHL season with Anaheim, collecting 12-25=37 points with a +5 rating in 67 games…set numerous career highs, including goals, PPG (7), assists, points, plus/minus and shots on net (122)…ranked tied for third among NHL defensemen in PPG…led the Ducks in PPG, power-play points (17) and blocked shots (123), and ranked third in TOI (21:27)…led team defensemen in scoring, goals and shots on net, and ranked third in assists...recorded seven multi-point games, including one multi-goal game and four multi-assist contests…appeared in his 100th career NHL game, a 4-0 win on Jan. 14 vs. TOR…earned the game-deciding goal on his first career shootout attempt to lead Anaheim to a 5-4 victory, Jan. 11 vs. WPG…ranked tied for fourth among league blueliners in December goals (4)…was the first Anaheim defenseman to score a SHG (first career) since Cam Fowler (Dec. 9, 2013 vs. NYI), Dec. 16 @ TOR…among NHL defensemen, ranked tied for third in scoring (2-9=11) and tied for second in assists during the month of November…logged a career-high 27:00 TOI on Nov. 28 vs. CHI and matched a personal best with 1-2=3 points on Nov. 18 @ CGY…his three-point performance was preceded by a career-high five-game point streak (1-5=6) from Nov. 5-15…recorded his first career multi-goal game (2-0=2) in a 3-0 shutout victory, Oct. 19 vs. STL…missed 15 games with a lower-body injury, Feb. 18-Mar. 18…PLAYOFFS: Scored 3-8=11 points with a +5 rating and eight PIM in 16 games…concluded the postseason ranked tied for third among NHL defensemen in scoring, tied for second in goals and tied for fifth in assists and plus/minus…led Anaheim in blocked shots (37) and ranked third in takeaways (6)…owned three multi-point games, including matching franchise playoff records for defensemen in points (1-2=3) and assists in Game 1 of the First Round on Apr. 16 vs. WPG…also tied the club record for goals by a defenseman in a playoff series (2) in First Round series vs. WPG.

CAREER: Signed a two-year contract with Anaheim through the 2015-16 NHL season, July 22, 2014…signed a three-year entry-level contract with Anaheim, May 31, 2011…2013-14: Appeared in his second NHL season with Anaheim…made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut in 2014, recording one assist in five games…earned his first career playoff point (assist) in Game 4 of the Second Round, May 10 @ LA…played 48 regular-season games, scoring 6-15=21 points with a +9 rating and 22 PIM…finished the season tied for fifth among rookie blueliners in goals…also tied for the team lead among defensemen in goals…posted his first career three-point game (1-2=3) in a 9-1 win, Jan. 15 vs. VAN…recorded his first career multi-point game (1-1=2), Dec. 17 @ DET…was credited with a career-high seven shots in a 4-1 Ducks victory, Oct. 13 vs. OTT…set a franchise rookie record and tied the overall club record with a +5 rating in a 6-0 win, Oct. 10 vs. NYR…also played eight games with Norfolk (AHL), earning 2-5=7 points with four PIM…2012-13: Made his NHL debut with Anaheim in 2012-13, scoring two goals (2-0=2) with a +3 rating in eight games…scored his first NHL goal (Bobrovsky) on the power play, Apr. 17 vs. CBJ…made his NHL debut on Feb. 1 vs. MIN at 21 years, 7 months and 29 days, earning a +1 rating in 13:52 TOI…began the season at Norfolk (AHL), collecting 9-36=45 points with five PPG and 44 PIM in 62 games…was selected to the 2012-13 AHL All-Rookie team and named a 2012-13 First-Team All-Star…ranked tied for fourth among AHL defensemen in scoring…also ranked tied for 10th in rookie scoring…led the Admirals in assists, finished second in scoring, tied for second in GWG (3) and tied for fourth in PPG (5)…2011-12: Was named the Finnish Elite League’s Defenseman of the Year and named to the league’s postseason All-Star team in 2011-12, earning both honors for the second consecutive season…appeared in 49 contests for JYP Jyvaskyla, collecting 14-28=42 points with a +11 rating and 40 PIM…set career highs in goals, assists and points, and tied his career best in PPG (6)…ranked second among SM-Liiga defensemen in goals and points, and tied for second in PPG…added 2-0=2 points with four PIM in four playoff games…2010-11: Played 52 games in his second season with JYP in 2010-11, scoring 11-20=31 points with a +30 rating and 30 PIM…was named the Finnish Elite League’s Defenseman of the Year and was also selected to the league’s postseason All-Star team…ranked fifth among league defensemen in scoring and first overall in plus/minus…2009-10: Appeared in a career-high 55 contests for JYP Jyvaskyla, earning 7-23=30 points in 55 contests.

MISCELLANEOUS: Won a bronze medal with Team Finland at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games...led all Olympic defensemen and ranked second among all players in assists (5)...ranked tied for fourth among defensemen in points (0-5=5)…captained Finland at the 2011 World Junior Championship, recording 0-4=4 points in six games…represented Team Finland at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship, scoring 2-3=5 points in six games…captained Team Finland to a bronze medal win over Team Canada at the 2009 IIHF Under-18 World Championships in Fargo, ND…in six tournament games, recorded 0-5=5 points and a +6 rating.

PERSONAL: Grew up in Jyvaskyla, Finland, where he currently spends his summers…his favorite players growing up were Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu…lists his favorite hockey memory as winning bronze with Finland at the 2009 U-18 World Championship.