Anaheim Ducks
Anaheim Ducks
Sami Vatanen
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 5' 10"
BIRTHDATE: 06/03/1991
AGE: 23
DRAFTED: ANA: 2009-106 overall
2012-13: Made his NHL debut with Anaheim, appearing in eight contests, scoring two goals (2-0=2) with a +3 rating…recalled from Norfolk (AHL) on Apr. 16 and appearance in Anaheim’s final five contests…scored his first NHL goal (Bobrovsky) on the power play in a 3-2 OT loss, Apr. 17 vs. CBJ…scored his second goal in Anaheim’s 3-0 shutout, Apr. 22 @ EDM…made his NHL debut on Feb. 1 vs. MIN (21 years, 7 months, 29 days), going scoreless on one shot with 13:52 TOI and a +1 rating…appeared in two more contests (Feb. 4 vs. SJ & Feb. 6 @ COL) before being reassigned to Norfolk…in 62 contests with the Admirals in his North American debut, scored 9-36=45 points with five PPG and 44 PIM…was selected to the 2012-13 AHL All-Rookie Team on Apr. 10…led the Admirals in assists and ranked second overall in scoring…among AHL leaders, ranked tied for fourth among all defensemen in scoring…also ranked tied for 10th in rookie scoring…had nine multiple point games (eight multi-assist)…netted his second game-winner of the season in overtime to give the Admirals a 4-3 victory, Apr. 13 at Worcester…scored the GWG, Mar. 30 vs. Syracuse…had a career-best seven-game point streak (1-9=10, +6), Feb. 23-Mar. 9…notched his third 3-point game of the season, including the GWG (1-2=3), Mar. 8 vs. Hershey…had two three-assist games (0-3=3) on the season: Jan. 5 vs. Syracuse and Oct. 19 vs. Connecticut.

CAREER: 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…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…captained Finland at the 2011 World Junior Championship, recording 0-4=4 points in six games…signed a three-year entry-level contract with Anaheim, May 31, 2011…represented Team Finland at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship, scoring 2-3=5 points in six games…appeared in a career-high 55 contests for JYP Jyvaskyla in 2009-10, earning 7-23=30 points in 55 contests…captained Team Finland to a bronze medal win over Team Canada at the 2009 IIHF Under-18 World Championships in Fargo, ND…in six games during the tournament, recorded 0-5=5 points and a +6 rating…spent a majority of the 2008-09 regular season with his hometown Jyvaskyla Jyps junior team in Finland, scoring 2-7=10 points with 22 PIM in 20 games.