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Sami Vatanen

Sami Vatanen

Finnish ice hockey player
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Finnish ice hockey player
A.K.A. Сами Ватанен
Countries Finland
Occupations Ice hockey player
Gender male
Birth 3 June 1991 (Jyväskylä)
Star sign Gemini
Stats
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 176 lbs
The details
Biography

Sami Vatanen (born 3 June 1991) is a Finnish professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted 106th overall by the Anaheim Ducks at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career

Vatanen was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in the fourth round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. In the following season, he earned a spot on defending Finnish champions JYP's roster. He broke a record for most points by a rookie defenseman in both the Finnish SM-liiga regular season and playoffs.

Vatanen made his NHL debut with Anaheim in the lockout-shortened 2012–13 season, on 1 February 2013. Vatanen was also selected to the AHL First All-Star Team, as well as the AHL All-Rookie Team, despite playing in just 62 games of the 76-game season.

On 22 July 2014, the Ducks re-signed Vatanen to a two-year, $2.525 million contract extension. He scored 12 goals to go with 25 assists for the Ducks during the 2014–15 season, his first full NHL season.

At the completion of the 2015–16 season, Vatanen amassed a new career high with 38 points in 71 games. As a restricted free agent, Vatanen signed a four-year contract extension on 18 June 2016.

During the 2017–18 season, on November 30, 2017, Vatanen was traded along with a conditional third-round pick in 2019 or 2020 to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for Joseph Blandisi, Adam Henrique and a third-round pick in 2018.

International play

In 2010, Vatanen represented Finland internationally at the junior level (2010 World Junior Championships held in Saskatchewan, Canada) and at the senior level (2010 World Championships held in Germany). At the end of the 2009–10 season, Vatanen also became the highest-drafted Finnish player in Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) history when he was selected second overall in the 2010 KHL Junior Draft by Metallurg Novokuznetsk.

At the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Vatanen won a bronze medal when Finland defeated the United States 5–0.

He represented Finland at the World Cup held in Toronto in September 2016.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10 JYP SM-l 55 7 23 30 44 14 3 4 7 6
2010–11 JYP SM-l 52 11 20 31 30 3 1 1 2 0
2011–12 JYP SM-l 49 14 28 42 40 4 2 0 2 4
2012–13 Norfolk Admirals AHL 62 9 36 45 44
2012–13 Anaheim Ducks NHL 8 2 0 2 0
2013–14 Anaheim Ducks NHL 48 6 15 21 22 5 0 1 1 0
2013–14 Norfolk Admirals AHL 8 2 5 7 4 5 0 3 3 4
2014–15 Anaheim Ducks NHL 67 12 25 37 36 16 3 8 11 8
2015–16 Anaheim Ducks NHL 71 9 29 38 20 7 1 3 4 6
2016–17 Anaheim Ducks NHL 71 3 21 24 30 12 1 5 6 4
2017–18 Anaheim Ducks NHL 15 1 3 4 8
2017–18 New Jersey Devils NHL 57 3 25 28 32 4 1 0 1 0
NHL totals 337 36 118 154 148 44 6 17 23 18

International

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2008 Finland U17 6th 5 2 3 5 8
2008 Finland WJC18 6th 6 0 3 3 4
2009 Finland WJC18 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 6 1 1 2 2
2010 Finland WJC 5th 6 2 3 5 0
2010 Finland WC 6th 7 0 0 0 6
2011 Finland WJC 6th 6 0 4 4 4
2014 Finland OG 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 6 0 5 5 0
2016 Finland WCH 8th 3 0 0 0 2
Junior totals 29 5 14 19 18
Senior totals 16 0 5 5 8

Awards and honours

Award Year Ref
Liiga
Pekka Rautakallio trophy
Awarded to the best defenceman in SM-liiga
2010–11
Matti Keinonen trophy
Awarded to the player with the best +/- rating
2010–11
Pekka Rautakallio trophy 2011–12
SM-Liiga championship with JYP Jyväskylä 2011–12
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References
http://ducks.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=706045
http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=16044&lang=en
http://www.eurohockey.com/player/122419-sami-vatanen.html
http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=120910
http://www.liiga.fi/ottelut.html?b=po&s=11-12
http://www.liiga.fi/pelaajat/11-12/jyp/vatanen-sami/palkinnot.html
http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=726828
http://www.sm-liiga.fi/arkisto/jyp/sami-vataselle-sm-liigan-ennatys.html
http://www.sm-liiga.fi/arkisto/jyp/sami-vataselle-ennatys-myos-playoffeissa.html
https://archive.is/20140217175515/http://www.liiga.fi/pelaajat/11-12/jyp/vatanen-sami/palkinnot.html
https://reports.iihf.hockey/Hydra/230/IHM2300FIN_33_1_0.pdf
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