Vatanen with Team Finland during the 2010 World Junior Championships
June 3, 1991 |
|Height||5 ft 10.4 in (179 cm)|
|Weight||176 lb (80 kg; 12 st 8 lb)|
|NHL Draft||106th overall, 2009
Sami Vatanen (born June 3, 1991) is a Finnish professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted in the fourth round, 106th overall, by the Ducks at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
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 NHL season on February 1, 2013. Vatanen was also selected to the AHL First All-Star Team, as well as the AHL All-Rookie Team, during the 2012–13 AHL season, despite playing in just 62 games of the 76-game season.
On July 22, 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 NHL season, his first full NHL season.
|IIHF World U18 Championships|
|2009 United States|
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.
Represented Finland at the World Cup held in Toronto in September 2016. 
Regular season and playoffs
Awards and honours
|Pekka Rautakallio trophy
Awarded to the best defenceman in SM-liiga
|Matti Keinonen trophy
Awarded to the player with the best +/- rating
|Pekka Rautakallio trophy||2011–12|||
|SM-Liiga championship with JYP Jyväskylä||2011–12|||
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