Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Sami Vatanen
Sami Vatanen was born on June 3, 1991 in Jyvaskyla, Finland. He was selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the fourth round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. The following season he joined JYP Jyvaskyla, the defending Finnish league champions where he established new records for most points by a rookie defenceman in both regular season and playoffs.

In 2010, Vatanen represented Finland internationally at the World Junior Championships held in Saskatchewan, Canada and at World Championships held in Germany.

Vatanen would make his North American professional debut in the American Hockey League for the Norfolk Admirals during the 2012-13 season. In 62 games for the club he recorded 45 points and was named to the AHL All-Star team as well as the all rookie team. Vatanen would also get his first glimpse at life in the NHL during the shortened season. He would suit up in eight games for the Ducks, scoring a pair of goals.

At the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, Vatanen once again represented his homeland and helped Finland capture the bronze medal.

In 71 games for the Ducks during the 2015-16 season, the defenceman recorded 29 assists and 38 points, both of which were career-highs.

On November 30, 2017, Vatanen's time in the Ducks organization would come to an end. He was traded to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for Adam Henrique and Joseph Blandisi.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
2006-07 JyP Jyvaskyla U18 Fin-U18 7 1 0 1 2
2007-08 JyP Jyvaskyla U18 Fin-U18 35 9 29 38 30 1 0 0 0 0
2007-08 JyP Jyvaskyla Jr. Fin-Jr. 2 0 0 0 0
2007-08 Finland WJ18-A 6 0 3 3 4
2008-09 JyP Jyvaskyla U18 Fin-U18 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 14
2008-09 Suomi U20 Finland-2 2 0 0 0 2
2008-09 D Team Jyvaskyla Finland-2 5 1 1 2 8
2008-09 JyP Jyvaskyla Jr. Fin-Jr. 20 3 7 10 22
2008-09 Finland WJ18-A 6 0 5 5 6 +6
2009-10 Suomi U20 Finland-2 1 0 0 0 2
2009-10 JYP Jyvaskyla Finland 55 7 23 30 44 14 3 4 7 6
2009-10 Finland WJC-A 6 2 3 5 0
2009-10 Finland WC-A 7 0 0 0 6 -2
2010-11 Suomi U20 Finland-2 1 0 0 0 0
2010-11 JYP Jyvaskyla Finland 52 11 20 31 30 3 1 1 2 0
2010-11 Finland WJC-A 6 0 4 4 4 +7
2011-12 JYP Jyvaskyla Finland 49 14 28 42 40 4 2 0 2 4
2012-13 Norfolk Admirals AHL 62 9 36 45 44 0
2012-13 Anaheim Ducks NHL 8 2 0 2 0 +3
2013-14 Anaheim Ducks NHL 48 6 15 21 22 +9 5 0 1 1 0
2013-14 Norfolk Admirals AHL 8 2 5 7 4 0 5 0 3 3 4
2013-14 Finland Olympics 6 0 5 5 0 +3
2014-15 Anaheim Ducks NHL 67 12 25 37 36 +5 16 3 8 11 8
2015-16 Anaheim Ducks NHL 71 9 29 38 20 +8 7 1 3 4 6
2016-17 Anaheim Ducks NHL 71 3 21 24 30 +3 12 1 5 6 4
NHL Totals 265 32 90 122 108 40 5 17 22 18


AHL All-Rookie Team (2013) AHL First All-Star Team (2013)
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