Sami Vatanen (born 3 June 1991) is a Finnish professional ice hockey defenceman for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted in the fourth round, 106th overall, by the Anaheim Ducks at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Vatanen with Team Finland during the 2010 World Junior Championships
3 June 1991|
|Height||5 ft 10.4 in (179 cm)|
|Weight||176 lb (80 kg; 12 st 8 lb)|
New Jersey Devils|
106th overall, 2009|
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 defenceman 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 30 November 2017, during the 2017–18 season, 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.
|IIHF World U18 Championships|
|2009 United States|
In 2010, Vatanen represented Finland internationally at the junior level (2010 World Junior Championships held in Saskatchewan) 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.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2017–18||New Jersey Devils||NHL||57||3||25||28||32||4||1||0||1||0|
|2018–19||New Jersey Devils||NHL||50||4||13||17||22||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honoursEdit
|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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- "SM-liiga playoff table 2012". liiga.fi (in Finnish). Archived from the original on 21 February 2014. Retrieved 17 February 2014.