Sami Vatanen Wiki – Sami Vatanen Biography
Sami Vatanen is a Finnish professional ice hockey defenceman for the Dallas Stars 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 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. He 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, Vatanen signed a new two-year, $2.525 million contract with Anaheim. He recorded 12 goals and 25 assists 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, on 18 June 2016, he signed a new four-year contract with Anaheim. On 30 November 2017, during the 2017–18 season, he 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. He finished the season with 32 points in 72 games. On 24 February 2020, he was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Janne Kuokkanen, Fredrik Claesson, and a conditional 2020 fourth-round pick. He appeared in seven postseason games for the club, recording three assists.
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, he 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, he won a bronze medal when Finland defeated the United States 5–0. Vatanen represented Finland at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey held in Toronto in September 2016. On 7 January 2021, he went back to the Devils on a one-year $2 million contract. On 12 April 2021, he was claimed off waivers by the Dallas Stars.
Sami Vatanen Age
He was born on June 3, 1991 in Jyväskylä, Finland.
Sami Vatanen Wife
He is married to his wife, Essi Vatanen. The details of their wedding and the date remains undisclosed. We are working to find and update this information as soon as possible.
Sami Vatanen Family
He is the son of Pentti Vatanen,and Jaana Vatanen.
Sami Vatanen Salary
He has a salary range estimate of 1.275 million USD (2016).
Sami Vatanen Height
He stands at a height of 5 feet 10.4 inches (1.78 m)tall.
Sami Vatanen Instagram
He is on Instagram as @saibutin.