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Ducks Reassign Vatanen to Norfolk (AHL)

Tuesday, 02.25.2014 / 2:32 PM / News
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Ducks Reassign Vatanen to Norfolk (AHL)
The Ducks have reassigned defenseman Sami Vatanen to the Norfolk Admirals, Anaheim\u2019s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).
The Ducks have reassigned defenseman Sami Vatanen to the Norfolk Admirals, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Vatanen, 22 (6/3/91), earned 6-8=14 points with a +2 rating and 20 penalty minutes (PIM) in 41 games for the Ducks this season. The 5-10, 183-pound defenseman won bronze with Team Finland at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, leading all tournament defensemen in assists (5) and ranking tied for fourth in scoring (0-5=5). In 49 career NHL games, Vatanen has earned 8-8=16 points with a +5 rating and 20 PIM.

“It’s the same philosophy as the last time he went down,” said head coach Bruce Boudreau. “We have 24 men on the roster with him here right now, until March 5 when we can expand the roster as long as we’re under the salary cap.

“Everybody else would have to go through waivers, and I don’t think we want to take the chance of anyone going through waivers.”

Adds Boudreau, “He knows exactly the reason why he went down. It’s not like we pull him in and say he’s playing bad. He knows he’s in this situation, just like Peter Holland was always in this situation. I want to make sure he totally understands the reasons. I don’t want him going down [to Norfolk] depressed and thinking he’s not good enough. It’s just the art of the business.”

Selected by Anaheim in the fourth round (106th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Vatanen has collected 1-5=6 points with a +2 rating in six games with Norfolk this season. In 68 career AHL games, the Jyvaskyla, Finland native has collected 10-41=51 points with a +2 rating and 48 PIM.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 21 12 4 5 58 53 29
2 NSH 20 13 5 2 57 42 28
3 CGY 22 13 7 2 71 61 28
4 STL 20 13 6 1 53 41 27
5 VAN 20 13 6 1 61 60 27
6 LAK 21 11 6 4 57 49 26
7 CHI 20 12 7 1 62 40 25
8 SJS 23 10 9 4 62 64 24
9 WPG 21 10 8 3 43 47 23
10 MIN 19 11 8 0 54 43 22
11 DAL 21 8 9 4 61 72 20
12 ARI 21 9 10 2 53 65 20
13 COL 21 7 9 5 53 67 19
14 EDM 21 6 13 2 49 74 14

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 20 6 13 0 19
S. Vatanen 21 5 12 -2 17
C. Perry 16 11 5 7 16
R. Kesler 21 6 9 -3 15
C. Fowler 20 2 9 1 11
M. Beleskey 21 9 1 4 10
J. Silfverberg 21 1 9 5 10
D. Smith-Pelly 18 3 4 3 7
A. Cogliano 21 3 4 -2 7
H. Lindholm 21 2 5 7 7
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 8 2 4 .918 2.18
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28

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