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Sami Vatanen

27-Year-Old Defenseman – New Jersey Devils

2017-18 NHL Stats

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2017-18 NHL Projections

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2017-18 Fantasy Hockey 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 ma...

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STATUS:  Out    INJURY:  Concussion    EST. RETURN:  9/17/2018
SHOOTS: Right   HT: 5' 10"   WT: 187   DOB: 6/3/1991
BORN: Jyvaskyla, Finland   DRAFTED: 4th Rd, #106 Overall in 2009   Show ContractHide Contract

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Sami Vatanen Contract Information:

Signed a four-year, $19.5 million contract extension in June of 2016. Deal includes a partial no-trade clause between 2018-20.

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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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  Overall Power Play Defense
Season Age League Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SOG SH% GWG SHG TOI/G G A Pts TOI/G Hits BS
2012-13 21 NHL ANH 8 2 0 2 3 0 6 33.3 0 0 15:49 1 0 1 2:35 2 13
2013-14 22 NHL ANH 48 6 15 21 9 22 73 8.2 0 0 17:27 2 5 7 2:25 66 47
2013-14 22 AHL NOR 8 2 5 7 0 4 0 1
2014-15 23 NHL ANH 67 12 25 37 5 36 122 9.8 1 1 21:28 7 10 17 3:07 75 123
2015-16 24 NHL ANH 71 9 29 38 8 20 140 6.4 2 0 21:19 4 15 19 2:52 85 105
2016-17 25 NHL ANH 71 3 21 24 3 30 117 2.6 0 0 21:40 2 12 14 2:50 75 128
2017-18 26 NHL NJ 57 3 25 28 -1 32 123 2.4 0 0 22:45 1 10 11 2:29 68 79
2017-18 26 NHL ANH 15 1 3 4 -6 8 22 4.5 0 0 21:06 0 2 2 2:48 24 26
2017-18 Proj 26 NHL NJ 74 Subscribe now to see our 2017-18 projections for Sami Vatanen

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Sami Vatanen – Playing Time Overview

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#1 Right Defenseman
  1. Sami Vatanen  OUT
  2. Damon Severson
  3. Ben Lovejoy
New Jersey Devils

2017-18 Time On Ice Stats

21:06

Average Time On Ice

On average, Sami Vatanen was on the ice for 21:06.

2:48

Average Power Play Time On Ice

On average, Sami Vatanen was on the ice for 2:48 during power plays.

2:14

Average Short-Handed Time On Ice

On average, Sami Vatanen was on the ice for 2:14 while the team was short-handed.

Year Ice Time Power Play Short-Handed
2016-17 21:40 2:50 2:10
2017-18 22:45 2:29 1:36
2017-18 21:06 2:48 2:14
2017-18 NHL Game Log   Sami Vatanen
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Date Opp G A Pts +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SOG SH% HIT BS TOI PPTOI
Apr 21 TAM@TAM Did Not Play
Apr 18 TAM 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 6:46 1:01
Apr 16 TAM 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 2 1 22:42 4:17
Apr 14 TAM@TAM 1 0 1 -1 0 0 0 0 4 25.0 2 1 20:55 1:04
Apr 12 TAM@TAM 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 3 2 26:32 0:37
Apr 7 WAS@WAS Did Not Play
Apr 5 TOR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 0 1 24:12 0:31
Apr 3 NYR 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 1 2 21:06 1:16
Apr 1 MON@MON 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 7 0.0 1 2 23:06 4:43
Mar 31 NYI 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 3 2 27:15 0:27
Mar 29 PIT 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 1 23:43 1:43
Mar 27 CAR 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 7 0.0 1 2 22:28 2:43
Mar 24 TAM 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 1 0 25:48 1:05
Mar 23 PIT@PIT 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 0 1 24:19 2:35
Mar 20 SAN@SAN 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 0 21:30 4:15
Mar 18 ANA@ANA 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 2 0.0 0 1 25:52 3:31
Mar 17 LOS@LOS 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 3 22:00 2:59
Mar 14 VGK@VGK 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 3 4 24:05 1:18
Mar 10 NAS@NAS 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 33.3 0 2 26:52 3:48
Mar 8 WPG 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 0 2 27:46 5:59
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Mar 6 MON 0 2 2 2 0 0 2 0 2 0.0 2 3 23:26 3:10
Mar 4 VGK 1 0 1 -1 0 1 0 0 5 20.0 1 1 23:51 2:17
Mar 2 CAR@CAR 0 1 1 -2 0 0 1 0 5 0.0 2 2 23:04 2:42
Mar 1 FLA@FLA 0 1 1 -1 0 0 1 0 2 0.0 2 1 23:40 3:03
Feb 27 PIT@PIT 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 2 2 27:14 1:06
Feb 24 NYI 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0.0 1 0 23:09 1:19
Feb 22 MIN 0 1 1 -1 2 0 1 0 6 0.0 1 0 22:19 2:34
Feb 20 CLM 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 1 1 25:45 2:29
Feb 18 CAR@CAR 0 2 2 -1 0 0 1 0 1 0.0 4 3 23:01 1:49
Feb 17 TAM@TAM 0 2 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 2 0 25:25 3:34
Feb 15 CAR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 1 21:25 1:07
Feb 13 PHI@PHI 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 2 0 27:53 2:02
Feb 11 BOS 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 2 0.0 4 1 23:11 5:31
Feb 10 CLM@CLM 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 0 3 21:49 0:45
Feb 8 CGY 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 2 1 20:28 0:36
Feb 6 OTT@OTT 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 0.0 5 1 19:57 2:30
Feb 3 PIT 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2 1 20:22 2:42
Feb 1 PHI 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.0 1 0 18:55 2:50
Jan 30 BUF@BUF 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 1 17:08 0:00
Jan 25 NAS 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2 0 24:10 2:30
Jan 23 BOS@BOS 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 5 0.0 0 0 17:55 4:07
Jan 22 DET 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 4 0.0 0 1 22:01 5:40
Jan 20 PHI@PHI 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 1 2 22:12 3:18
Jan 18 WAS 0 3 3 2 2 0 0 0 2 0.0 0 1 21:52 3:35
Jan 16 NYI@NYI 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 4 0.0 1 5 21:11 2:23
Jan 13 PHI 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 0 22:22 3:32
Jan 7 NYI@NYI 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 0 2 18:28 3:37
Jan 4 DAL@DAL 0 0 0 -2 6 0 0 0 2 0.0 1 0 21:48 2:35
Jan 2 STL@STL 0 1 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 2 0 22:26 1:01
Dec 30 WAS@WAS 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 1 5 21:04 1:28
Dec 29 BUF 0 1 1 1 2 0 1 0 8 0.0 0 1 23:15 0:29
Dec 27 DET 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 33.3 0 0 22:31 1:39
Dec 23 CHI 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0.0 1 5 20:16 0:00
Dec 21 NYR 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 6 0.0 0 0 24:11 1:20
Dec 18 ANA 0 1 1 -1 0 0 1 0 3 0.0 0 3 23:25 2:30
Dec 15 DAL 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 1 22:29 4:49
Dec 14 MON@MON 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 3 2 21:43 3:09
Dec 12 LOS 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 4 1 20:04 0:04
Dec 9 NYR@NYR 0 0 0 -3 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 2 1 20:36 2:25
Dec 8 CLM 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 26:04 3:52
Dec 5 CLM@CLM 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 1 20:47 1:03
Dec 2 ARI@ARI 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 2 2 20:11 2:58
Dec 1 COL@COL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 1 1 23:13 4:08
Nov 29 STL@STL 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 2 1 21:43 6:38
Nov 27 CHI@CHI 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 4 2 22:51 1:41
Nov 25 LOS@LOS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 1 1 21:28 3:03
Nov 24 WPG 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 1 1 23:22 3:04
Nov 22 VGK 0 0 0 -1 2 0 0 0 2 0.0 1 1 18:15 2:12
Nov 20 SAN@SAN 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 2 1 20:42 2:16
Nov 19 FLA 0 1 1 -1 2 0 1 0 1 0.0 1 4 21:04 2:52
Nov 15 BOS 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 1 0 20:37 0:00
Nov 12 TAM 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2 6 23:22 1:23
Nov 9 VAN 0 1 1 -1 4 0 1 0 1 0.0 3 2 20:38 5:29
Nov 7 LOS 1 0 1 -1 0 0 0 0 2 50.0 0 3 22:52 7:19
Nov 4 SAN@SAN 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2 0 22:49 0:55
Nov 3 NAS 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 2 0 20:28 2:13
Nov 1 TOR 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 1 1 19:12 2:59
Oct 29 CAR@CAR Did Not Play
Oct 28 TAM@TAM 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 3 17:12 0:00
Oct 26 FLA@FLA Did Not Play
Oct 24 PHI@PHI Did Not Play
Oct 20 MON Did Not Play
Oct 15 BUF Did Not Play
Oct 13 COL@COL Did Not Play
Oct 11 NYI Did Not Play
Oct 9 CGY Did Not Play
Oct 7 PHI Did Not Play
Oct 5 ARI Did Not Play

Sami Vatanen: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Vatanen (upper body) was unable to return prior to the Devils getting bounced from the playoffs.

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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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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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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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Vatanen's return to Wednesday's Game 4 is considered questionable due to an upper-body injury, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.

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Vatanen departed Wednesday's Game 4 against the Lightning in the first period after taking a high hit from the Lightning's Nikita Kucherov, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.

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Vatanen scored a goal in a 5-3, Game 2 loss to Tampa Bay on Saturday.

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Vatanen (rest) isn't expected to be active for Saturday's road game against the Capitals -- it's the regular-season finale -- according to Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site.

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While Vatanen was held off the scoresheet in Tuesday's 4-3 win over Carolina, he did fire a game-high seven shots.

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Vatanen dished out a pair of power-play helpers in Tuesday's 6-4 win over Montreal.

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Vatanen picked up two helpers, including one on the power play, in a 3-2 overtime win against the Hurricanes on Sunday.

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Vatanen delivered two assists in New Jersey's 4-3 win over Tampa Bay on Saturday night.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2017-18

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2016-17

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.

2015-16

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.

2014-15

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.

2013-14

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.

2012-13

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.