14-15 Report/15-16 Outlook: Undersized dynamo enters the final season of a two-year deal signed in 2014, after leading the Ducks blueline in scoring - despite missing 15 games with a lower body injury .. his first ten points were all on the power play (4-6-10) and he would go on to lead the team in power goals, assists, and points and time on ice – on the 28th ranked unit in the league (15.8%) .. fired over 10% shooting percentage in 3-of-4 quarters, but blanked in the final quarter as the team fizzled with the man advantage .. shot out of the gate scoring nine goals in the first 28 games (13.1% sh%) and three more in the remaining (34-3-10-13, 5.39% sh%) .. led NHL defensemen with 2.17 G/60 and earned a point on 81% of all 5v4 goals with him on the ice – scoring 33.33% himself Placing him 6th in the league with 5.28 Pts/60 .. finished all his per 60 rates as an elite 1st pairing defender at 5v5 and 5v4 .. dished out 75 hits and led team with 123 blocked shots. .. 24 years old and clear # one on the power play and a sought after commodity now.
Scouting: A tiny adventurous puckmover and talented all-access skater, powered by quick, nimble feet .. light and fluid with exceptional lateral agility and acceleration quickness .. doesn’t lose upper-body form or puck contact during seamless transitions .. excels on breakouts - makes solid outlet plays and knows how to utilize his mobility to open lanes .. carries the puck effortlessly and can execute in top gear - backed by a good, accurate right-handed shot .. aggressive and courageous for his size .. proactive blocking shots and throwing hits despite just bouncing off bigger opponents .. relies on a quick active stick .. will need to refine his coverage skills and defensive postures - and continue to maximize his strength potential.
2011-12 Report .. Shifted to overdrive after a nine-game absence to a broken finger - to earn SM-Liiga ‘Top Defenseman’ honours for a second consecutive year .. led all blueliners with a career-high 14 goals - and won a playoff crown with his hometown JYP club, though was knocked out early with an ankle injury (4-2-0-2) .. averaged over 23 minutes per game (23.39) .. reached new heights after Christmas (20-10-17-27), scoring ten goals in a 20-game stretch that culminated with an 11-game consecutive points streak.
- May 25, 2017
Update:Vatanen is dealing with a shoulder injury that will require surgery, and his rehabilitation could take longer than five months.
Analysis:The official report from the team was that teammate Hampus Lindholm would also undergo shoulder surgery with a rehabilitation period of 4-to-5 months, but Vatanen's ailment will require a longer recovery. Therefore, it's entirely likely that Vatanen will not be ready to go for Opening Night of the 2017-18 season. The 25-year-old posted a goal and five assists in 12 games during Anaheim's playoff run, but he sat out for five contests, likely because of this shoulder ailment.
- April 30, 2017
Update:Vatanen (upper body) took line rushes, indicating that he will play Sunday's road playoff game against the Oilers, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Per the line rushes, Vatanen is slated to take top-pairing duties alongside Cam Fowler for Sunday's contest. Vatanen managed just one shot on goal in 22:11 of ice time during Game 1 against Calgary before missing every game since, so he'll probably look to turn up the offensive intensity in a game that the Ducks badly need to win.
- April 29, 2017
Update:Vatanen (upper body) is questionable for Sunday's Game 3 against the Oilers, Elliott Teaford of the Southern California News Group reports.
Analysis:Vatanen has missed the Ducks' last five games due to an upper-body injury he sustained in the first game of Anaheim's opening-round series against the Flames, but he was on the ice for pregame warmups ahead of Friday's Game 2, indicating he's likely on the verge of returning to the lineup. His status for Sunday's Game 3 likely won't be determined until the Ducks run line rushes during their pregame skate.
- April 28, 2017
Update:Vatanen (upper body) will not play in Game 2 against the Oilers on Friday, Greg Beacham of the Associated Press reports.
Analysis:The puck-moving Finn from the back line was on the ice for pregame warmups, but ended up being excluded from line rushes in favor of Korbinian Holzer, who will now link up with Shea Theodore on the third pair.
Update:Vatanen (upper body) was on the ice for warmups ahead of Friday's Game 2 against the Oilers, though he deferred to Shea Theodore for line rushes, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:An official determination should be made shortly, but it's worth noting that even limited participation in warmups is more than what Vatanen had done before ultimately getting scratched from Game 1.
- April 26, 2017
Update:Vatanen (upper body) isn't on the ice for pregame warmups, indicating he'll be a healthy scratch for Wednesday's Game 1 against Edmonton, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Vatanen is "available" to play Wednesday, but it makes sense that coach Randy Carlyle wouldn't want to make too many changes to a lineup that just swept Calgary in the first round of the playoffs. Vatanen's next opportunity to slot back into Anaheim's lineup will come Friday, but at this juncture it appears he may continue to serve as a healthy scratch unless the Ducks' current defensive corps struggles against Connor McDavid and the Oilers offense.
Update:Vatanen (upper body) is "available" to play in Game 1 versus the Oilers on Wednesday, though coach Randy Carlyle said a final decision on the blueliner's status won't be made until warmups, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:With Vatanen considered a game-time call and the Ducks playing the latter of the two postseason games, there still seems to be tangible risk in using the Finn for daily contests. However, since Vatanen finished with 24 points -- including 14 with the man advantage -- in 71 games during the regular season, we figure there will still be opportunists eyeing Vatanen at a discount on the off-chance that he does make his way into the lineup to open the second-round playoff series.
- April 25, 2017
Update:Vatanen (upper body) will be a game-time decision against Edmonton in Wednesday's Game 1 matchup, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Prior to getting hurt, Vatanen garnered just four helpers during a 17-game goal drought. As such, fantasy owners probably shouldn't expect an offensive explosion from the blueliner once he is cleared for action. Defensively, however, the Finn could make life difficult for Connor McDavid; especially on the penalty kill, where he averaged 2:12 of ice time during the regular season.
- April 19, 2017
Update:Vatanen (upper body) will sit out Game 4 against the Flames on Wednesday.
Analysis:Anaheim managed to win the first three games against Calgary's hockey club in this quarterfinal round -- including the last two without Vatanen -- albeit by a one-goal margin in each contest. The Finn is a fine two-way player, delivering copious assist and blocked-shot totals on a yearly basis, but Shea Theodore has more than softened the blow of Vatanen's absence by ringing up two goals and three assists so far in the series.
- April 17, 2017
Update:Vatanen (upper body) did not suit up for Game 3 against the Flames on Monday.
Analysis:The blueliner was a game-time decision heading into the contest but wasn't able to play through his injury. The Ducks are up 2-0 in the series, which may have prompted Vatanen to take a couple extra days to rest in advance of Game 4 on Wednesday. The Finn recorded four shots on goal, two hits, two blocked shots and no points through the first two games of the series despite receiving nearly eight minutes of combined power-play time.
Update:Vatanen (upper body) will make the decision on whether he suits up against the Flames on Monday, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:With coach Randy Carlyle removing himself from the decision-making process, one would imagine that Vatanen would be eager to get back onto the ice. On the flip side, the Ducks are currently leading the series 2-0, so the blueliner may decide another night off would be more beneficial in the long term. If the 25-year-old does give it a go, look for Korbinian Holzer to get bounced from the game-day lineup.
- April 16, 2017
Update:Vatanen (upper body) will travel with the team to Calgary for Monday's game and his status will be reassessed Monday morning.
Analysis:After missing Saturday's game, it doesn't seem good for the defenseman, but more information will be available Monday morning. The Ducks will miss his offensive production if he misses another contest, as he scored 24 points in 71 games this season.
- April 5, 2017
Update:Vatanen (upper body) told reporters he is ready to suit up against Chicago on Thursday, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Getting Vatanen back in the lineup couldn't come at a better time for the Ducks, as they're rather banged up on the blue line. The 25-year-old hasn't offered much offensively of late with just three assists in his last 14 outings, but he should provide some much-needed defensive support. Vatanen ranks third on the team in ice time per game (21:41), and he could see an uptick Thursday due to the number of missing players.
- April 4, 2017
Update:Vatanen (upper body) is sidelined for the second consecutive game Tuesday against the Flames, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Vatanen checked out of Saturday's game early and was unable to play Sunday in the front end of the home-and-home with Calgary. Expect another update prior to Thursday's home outing against the Blackhawks.
- April 2, 2017
Update:Vatanen (upper body) will not play in Sunday's game against the Flames.
Analysis:Vatanen departed Saturday's game in the second period due to the upper-body issue, and has officially been ruled out Sunday as a result. Expect another update on his status prior to Tuesday's home game against Calgary.
- March 29, 2017
Update:Vatanen failed to mark the scoresheet but did register five shots on net during Tuesday's win over Vancouver.
Analysis:Currently mired in an eight-game point drought, Vatanen's uptick in shot volume Tuesday could prove to be a sign of things to come. He's still locked into a role with the No. 1 power-play unit, and considering he's posted 37 and 38 points in the past two seasons, his current offensive lull is likely unsustainable. Buying low on Vatanen in keeper/dynasty settings could also pay off, and he has the makings of a prime bounce-back candidate entering the 2017-18 campaign.
- March 4, 2017
Update:Vatanen posted a goal, assist and plus-1 rating with a pair of blocked shots in Friday's 5-2 win against the Maple Leafs.
Analysis:It was Vatanen's first multi-point game since Oct. 26 against the Predators. He doesn't offer much offense, but he has posted 103 blocked shots through 55 games. Despite the two-point effort, Vatanen remains useful only in the deepest of fantasy formats at this point.
- February 17, 2017
Update:Vatanen (lower body) has been activated off injured reserve, and is expected to be in the lineup for Friday's game against the Panthers.
Analysis:It appears as though the Ducks won't waste any time easing Vatanen back into action, as the 25-year-old blueliner is expected to skate on the team's top pairing and first power-play unit during Friday's contest. The Finnish defender has had a somewhat disappointing campaign with just 17 points in 49 games, but he's still a solid bench option in most fantasy formats.
- February 16, 2017
Update:Vatanen (lower body) is listed on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site.
Analysis:The Finnish blueliner has missed the past five games due to the injury, with the Ducks winning only two of those -- including Tuesday's road shutout over the Wild. Vatanen's already eligible to return based on the rules for seven-day IR, so now it's just a matter of how quickly he can round out his recovery. The Ducks next play against the Panthers at home Friday.
- February 14, 2017
Update:Vatanen (lower body) is unable to play Tuesday's game against Minnesota, Dan Wood of AM 830 KLAA reports.
Analysis:The Finnish defenseman had originally been deemed fit to return Tuesday, but must have suffered a setback during Tuesday's morning skate. Expect an update on Vatanen's status to come ahead of Friday's game against Florida; meanwhile, the Ducks' defensive corps will continue with the same personnel (including youngsters Brandon Montour and Shea Theodore) for the time being.
- February 13, 2017
Update:Vatanen (lower body) is healthy enough to return for Tuesday's matchup with Minnesota, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:While coach Randy Carlyle listing Vatanen as "an option for us" isn't the solid confirmation fantasy owners might want, leaving your second leading scorer from the blue line out of the lineup when he is healthy would be an interesting decision. If the 25-year-old does in fact suit up, Shea Theodore or Josh Manson would seem the most likely candidates to watch from the pressbox Tuesday.
- February 10, 2017
Update:Vatanen (lower body) is unlikely to be in the lineup for Saturday's meeting with Washington, per Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register.
Analysis:If Vatanen does in fact miss Saturday's game, it will be his fourth absence due to this lower-body ailment. While the 25-year-old has been sidelined, the Ducks have given the top-pairing assignment to Brandon Montour, who has potted a goal and an assist.
- February 9, 2017
Update:Vatanen (lower body) won't play Thursday against the Sabres, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Vatanen will miss a third consecutive game Thursday, and remains without a clear-cut timetable for his return to Anaheim's lineup. Brandon Montour will continue to fill in on the Ducks' second power-play unit while Vatanen is in recovery mode.
- February 7, 2017
Update:Vatanen (lower body) remains day-to-day and will miss his second consecutive game Tuesday against the Rangers.
Analysis:Vatanen provides important structure for Anaheim's defense and takes lots of shots, but he hasn't recorded a point in his last nine games, so he isn't proving to be much of a fantasy commodity. Rookie defenseman Brandon Montour is projected to be on the first defensive pairing Tuesday and will likely continue to see ice time after seeing 19:39 and scoring a goal Saturday in Tampa Bay.
- February 4, 2017
Update:Vatanen (lower-body) won't play against the Lightning on Saturday.
Analysis:With Vatanen out, Brandon Montour has been recalled from AHL San Diego to replace him in the lineup. Vatanen has averaged 22:01 per game, so the Ducks will be hard-pressed to replaced his minutes. For now, he's considered day-to-day.
Update:Vatanen (lower body) is questionable for Saturday evening's road contest against the Lightning, the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:A more recent report from Eric Stephens of the Register states that Brandon Montour has been called up from AHL San Diego on an emergency basis, raising suspicion that he was brought along to replace Vatanen. There's a chance that the Finn's status won't be decided until pregame warmups.
- January 25, 2017
Update:Vatanen (coach's decision) will return to Anaheim's lineup for Wednesday's game against the Oilers, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Vatanen has only tallied two points while registering a minus-2 rating over his last 11 games, so head coach Randy Carlyle will hope his decision to scratch the Finnish defender Monday against Winnipeg will lead to improved offensive production. Vatanen will skate alongside Cam Fowler on the Ducks' top pairing in Wednesday's contest.
- January 23, 2017
Update:Vatanen (undisclosed) is not in the lineup Monday against the Jets, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Analysis:Vatanen has been ice-cold with two points in his last 13 contests, and 17 in 46 games this year. It's unclear whether his absence is due to an illness, injury or something else, but it nonetheless comes as a surprise to owners after he played his typical 22-plus minutes Saturday in Minnesota. Korbinian Holzer is in the lineup in Vatanen's stead, taking his place on the team's top pairing next to Cam Fowler. Look for further information regarding Vatanen's status after the conclusion of Monday's game.
- January 1, 2017
Update:Vatanen will play in Sunday's game against Philadelphia, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:After missing three games with an illness, the defenseman will be back Sunday. He hasn't quite performed up to expectations this season, with 15 points in 35 games so far. However, with 22:06 minutes per game, and 3:14 power play minutes per game, he will get enough play time to see plenty of scoring opportunities.
- December 30, 2016
Update:Vatanen (illness) will miss his third-straight game Friday against Vancouver.
Analysis:The 25-year-old has had a fair amount of trouble dealing with a stomach bug that has kept him out since Tuesday. He has been good-not-great so far this year, notching 15 points in 35 games, so it might be wise to give him a game to get back to normal after missing a few games. His next shot to return will come Sunday at home against the Flyers.
- December 28, 2016
Update:Vatanen (illness) will not travel with the Ducks for their upcoming road matchup with the Flames on Thursday, Curtis Zupke of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Analysis:Vatanen missed his first game of the 2016-17 campaign Tuesday with a stomach bug and it appears it's going to take a little bit more time before he's ready to return. The Ducks called up Brandon Montour, who is in line to make his NHL debut, in order to shore up the back end. The Ducks don't play their next home game until Jan. 1 against the Flyers so it wouldn't be surprising if the team held Vatanen out until that one.
- December 27, 2016
Update:Vatanen is inactive for Tuesday's contest with the Sharks due to an illness, Curtis Zupke of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Analysis:Vatanen will miss his first start of the season due to the ailment but on the bright side, it is reportedly just a stomach bug so it seems probable he won't miss significant time. The 25-year-old blueliner is averaging career-high ice time (22:06) and is on pace for a third consecutive 30-plus point campaign. The next opportunity for the Finn to draw into the lineup will be Thursday on the road against the Flames.
- November 3, 2016
Update:Vatanen recorded a power-play assist during Wednesday's game against Pittsburgh.
Analysis:Vatanen is a proven offensive defenseman and has posted seven points -- one goal -- through 11 games to start 2016-17. He's also averaging a hefty 3:42 of power-play time per night and has five PP points. Of particular interest, though, is Vatanen's uptick in blocked shots over previous years. His 26 blocks rank tied for sixth in the league, which is an added bonus to his fantasy stock.
- October 27, 2016
Update:Vatanen tallied a pair of assists and blocked three shots in a 6-1 win over Nashville on Wednesday.
Analysis:Vatanen is up to six points in eight games this season, trailing fellow Ducks rearguard Cam Fowler by one. Both defensemen have been great for owners thus far, so it'll be interesting to see which player steps up and emerges as the top fantasy blueliner in Anaheim this season.
- June 18, 2016
Update:Vatanen's four-year, $19 million contract extension signed Saturday includes a partial no-trade clause between 2018-20, Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Analysis:By reaching a deal with Vatanen this soon, the team avoided possible salary arbitration with the burgeoning blueliner, as he would've otherwise been a restricted free agent with extra leverage for contract negotiations on July 1. The 25-year-old has produced 96 points (27 goals, 69 assists) in 186 games over the last three seasons. His ability to set up scores while working on the top power-play unit makes him a valuable commodity in fantasy hockey.
Update:The Ducks signed Vatanen to a four-year, $19.5 million contract extension Saturday, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:The Ducks realize it's important to keep Vatanen happy, as he's one of the best young defenders in the game. Last season, he registered career highs in assists (29) and points (38), including 19 power-play tallies. The Finn was also effective in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, notching four points in seven games and snagging the game-winner against Nashville in Game 5 of the conference quarterfinals.
- April 23, 2016
Update:Vatanen notched the game-winning goal and added a power-play assist in Saturday's 5-2 win over Nashville. He is riding a three-game, four-point streak (one goal, three assists).
Analysis:Vatanen is coming off a 38-point regular season, the best of his young career. And his confidence is growing as the quackers put their boots to the Preds. The 24-year-old is just scratching the surface on what is likely to be an outstanding career.
- April 12, 2016
Update:Vatanen (illness) is fine to play in Game 1 of the first-round playoff series against the Predators on Friday.
Analysis:Vatanen missed the last three games of the regular season, but is a safe roll in playoff pools. This campaign, the young blueliner set the table for 29 scores, ranking third on the team while setting a new career high in that assist category.
- April 8, 2016
Update:Vatanen (illness) will not join the team on their upcoming road trip to Colorado, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:It seems unlikely the blueliner will miss any time in the playoffs, but the team will be without him for at least the regular season finale. Korbinian Holzer will likely draw into the lineup in his place again Saturday, but with just three points in 28 games, Holzer possesses little fantasy upside.
- April 7, 2016
Update:Vatanen will not play in Thursday's game against the Kings due to an illness.
Analysis:Korbinian Holzer appears the likely candidate to replace him in Thursday's lineup, though the team hasn't confirmed anything on that front. Regardless, the 24-year-old blueliner's replacement won't possess nearly the offensive upside. Vatanen will now look to return Saturday against the Avalanche, but the team should update his status again before then.
- March 28, 2016
Update:Vatanen (head) will rejoin the lineup for Monday's tilt versus the Oilers, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Vatanen's participation in recent practices suggested he was nearing a return, and it appears the date has been set. He will end up missing eight games total, but will bring relief among the defensive pairings and an added offensive boost along the blue line (37 points in 66 games) for the Ducks during the stretch run. A well-rounded fantasy defender, those preparing for or participating in the playoffs with shares of Vatanen will reap the benefits at the right time of the season.
- March 26, 2016
Update:Vatanen (head) won't play Saturday against the Senators, The Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:This will be the eighth straight absence for Vatanen, who's reached 37 points for the second consecutive season. Showing remarkable consistency, Vatanen has compiled nine goals and 28 assists this season after dolling out 12 scores and 25 helpers in 2014-15. With countless owners in the midst of the fantasy playoffs, this is the worst time for Vatanen to be ailing. His next chance to lace up for a game will be Monday, a road game against the Oilers.
- March 24, 2016
Update:Vatanen (head) participated in Thursday's morning skate, the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Although Vatanen won't play Thursday against the Maple Leafs, coach Bruce Boudreau relayed that it "won't be long" before the mobile blueliner is ready to play again.
- March 22, 2016
Update:Vatanen (upper body) is not joining the Ducks on their five-game road trip, Elliott Teaford of the Southern California News Group reports.
Analysis:Vatanen's missed five consecutive games, and it looks like his absence is going to stretch deep into the twilight of the regular season. Anaheim's top right-handed defenseman has put together another solid season, but after he played just 67 games last year, it's disappointing that Vatanen again won't play a full season this year.
- March 16, 2016
Update:Vatanen (upper body) will not suit up for Wednesday's meeting with the Rangers.
Analysis:Vatanen remains day-to-day but will miss his third consecutive matchup against New York. Although the blueliner has been unable to sneak one past opposing netminders in his last seven outings, he has been able to find his teammates' sticks, as he's garnered a half-dozen helpers in that time. With 37 points on the year, fantasy owners will want him to return as soon as possible.
- March 14, 2016
Update:Vatanen (upper body) will not play in Monday's game against the Devils.
Analysis:Vatanen has tallied 37 points through 66 games this season, so fantasy owners and the Ducks are likely to feel his abscence. The 24-year-old Finnish defender can be considered day-to-day for now. His next chance to return will come Wednesday when Anaheim hosts the Rangers.
- March 13, 2016
Update:Vatanen (upper body) remains a question mark for Monday's tilt against the Devils, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Vatanen ranks among the top 25 in points (tied for 21st) for points among defensemen, collecting 37 points over 66 contests this season. Much of that comes with his involvement on the man advantage (28 of 37 points), and the Ducks (and fantasy owners) would certainly miss his presence along the blue line if he's out. Expect another update on his status prior to Monday's tilt, as questionable suggests it's around a 50-50 shot he will dress.
- March 11, 2016
Update:Vatanen (upper body) has been ruled out of Friday's tilt with St. Louis.
Analysis:Vatanen has continued to be a reliable point producer (37 points in 66 games) on Anaheim's back end, so he will be sorely missed by the Ducks and fantasy owners, alike. In Vatanen's place, Korbinian Holzer will skate with Simon Despres on the team's third pairing.
Update:Vatanen (upper body) was treated Friday, but he's labeled "questionable at the very best" for the upcoming contest against the Blues, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:The injury forced Vatanen out of Wednesday's game against the Avalanche, limiting his ice time to 5:54. He's officially considered day-to-day, and the Ducks have Clayton Stoner and Korbinian Holzer available in case Vatanen is unable to give it a go on the blue line Friday.
- February 25, 2016
Update:Vatanen tallied a power-play goal on two shots and added a hit in Wednesday's 1-0 over the Sabres.
Analysis:Despite failing to break onto the scoresheet during Sunday's game, Vatanen now has three goals and two assists in his last five games. Considering that he only has nine goals on the season, this is a pretty productive stretch for the 24-year-old. Should Vatanen and the Ducks keep streaking like they have been of late, fantasy owners should feel comfortable putting him in their lineups.
- February 19, 2016
Update:Vatanen tallied a power-play goal, an assist and a plus-1 rating in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Canucks.
Analysis:Vatanen's point streak is now up to four games, and he's racked up a total of six points in as many matches. With Vatanen seemingly starting to get into a rhythm of late, he may be worth a look if he can keep up this level of production. The 24-year-old defenseman has now recorded 30 points in 57 games this season, which is just seven shy of his career high set last year.
- January 20, 2016
Update:Vatanen (illness) will play in Wednesday's game against the Wild, Eric Stepehens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Vatanen's status was a bit in doubt following the news that he had flu-like symptoms Tuesday, but it appears a good night's rest did the trick. The fact that he's in likely means Adam Clendening will once again serve as a healthy scratch.
- January 19, 2016
Update:Vatanen is dealing with flu-like symptoms leaving his availability for Wednesday's game against the Wild in question, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Anaheim's blue line is in poor shape with regulars Cam Fowler (knee), Clayton Stoner (hip), and Simon Despres (concussion) out with their respective ailments. Vatanen's questionable tag doesn't help matters but it's worth noting that the Ducks do have Adam Clendening on the roster after acquiring him in a trade with Pittsburgh last weekend -- we believe he'd be the one to draw into the lineup if Vatanen needs Wednesday off to recover.
- January 11, 2016
Update:Vatanen is on pace to reach a new career high in points this season with 40.
Analysis:After 41 games this season, Vatanen has collected five goals and fifteen assists. His 20 points currently put him third on the Ducks in scoring. After a slow October offensively, Vatanen has been remarkably consistent in hitting the scoresheet, not going more than three games without a point since the beginning of November. Vatanen has also experienced a slight spike in minutes since Cam Fowler went down with a knee injury, and given his two and a half minutes of power play time per game, he will have ample opportunity to continue scoring at his current rate.
- December 28, 2015
Update:Vatanen dished out two assists in Sunday's win over the Flyers.
Analysis:A strong offensive showing for Vatanen, who picked up one of his assists on the power play. The Ducks have been struggling to score all season, but Vatanen has still managed to put up 19 points (five goals) in 34 games. The 24-year-old is a huge weapon on the blue line and if Anaheim can turn things around in the second half of this season, Vatanen will likely be right in the middle of it. The Finnish rearguard logged 26:01 of ice time Sunday and continues to man the point on a lethal first power-play unit with Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf that has the capability to explode at any given time.
- December 20, 2015
Update:Vatanen has five goals and 11 assists for 16 points this season.
Analysis:His total of 16 is third to only Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry for the team lead, and considering all the Ducks offensive troubles, the season Vatanen is putting together is pretty impressive. He's on pace to better his career high of 37 points from last season, and remains a go to option on the back end in both the NHL and in fantasy hockey. A nice little bonus is Vatanen's increased shot totals this season, as he's fired 66 on the net in just 31 games this season.
- December 1, 2015
Update:Vatanen recorded an assist on Rickard Rakell's power play marker in Monday's home win against the Canucks.
Analysis:The point gives Vatanen 14 in 25 games this season, five of which have the come in the last four games. As the Ducks are finally beginning to show signs of life offensively this season, Vatanen should be a good bet to once again finish in the 35-40 point range, as he did last season.
- May 20, 2015
Update:Vatanen had a productive outing in Tuesday's triple-overtime Game 2 loss to the Blackhawks, producing an assist, five shots on goal, and five blocks across 37:57 of ice time.
Analysis:Vatanen very nearly ended the game on two occasions, hitting the post behind Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford twice in the extra periods. The 23-year-old is the Ducks' top offensive threat from the blue line, and his numbers through this point in the postseason have backed it up. Over the Ducks' 11 games, Vatanen has recorded two goals, six assists, and 24 shot attempts.
- April 23, 2015
Update:Vatanen registered a goal and assist in Wednesday's series-clinching Game 4 win over the Jets.
Analysis:Though he was held off on the score sheet in the middle two games of the series, Vatanen's multi-point efforts in Games 1 and 4 surely elated those who drafted him in playoff pools. Since returning from a lower-body injury in late March, Vatanen has shown little sign of rust. He has two goals, six assists and 40 shots over his last 14 games.
- March 20, 2015
Update:Vatanen (lower body) said he will return for Friday's game against Colorado, Lance Pugmire of the LA Times reports.
Analysis:Vatanen confirmed that he'll return from a month-long absence, after previously suggesting earlier in the week that he was ready to play. Clayton Stoner will likely be a healthy scratch as a result.
- March 19, 2015
Update:Vatanen (lower body) is expected to return to the lineup Friday against the Avalanche, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Analysis:Vatanen has been sidelined since mid-February with the lower-body issue, but looks ready to dress. The defenseman has provided some firepower along the blue line this season, tallying 34 points (12 goals, 22 assists) in 57 games, and his return should give fantasy owners some extra help as the season winds down.
- March 18, 2015
Update:Vatanen (lower body) appears unlikely to play Wednesday against the Kings, NHL.com's Curtis Zupke reports.
Analysis:Vatanen remained on the ice for extra work during Wednesday's morning skate, an indication the team plans to scratch him for the game. The Ducks activated the blueliner from injured reserve over the weekend, but he still seems to be in the day-to-day phase of his recovery from the injury. With another practice Thursday, Vatanen may be ready to go for Friday's match against the Avalanche.
- March 17, 2015
Update:Vatanen (lower body) indicated he's ready to play if needed for Wednesday's game against the Kings, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Vatanen's activation from injured reserve Sunday presumably confirmed that the blueliner is feeling healthy and ready to go, but it's possible coach Bruce Boudreau feels differently. The Ducks added two new defensemen to the mix after the trade deadline in Simon Despres and James Wisniewski, and Boudreau may be reluctant to disrupt the unit's still-developing chemistry by reintroducing Vatanen right away. That being said, Vatanen's addition would give the blue line a shot in the arm offensively. Vatanen leads all of the Ducks' defensemen with 12 goals on the season.
- March 16, 2015
Update:Vatanen (lower body) is expected to be available for Wednesday's game against the Kings, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Vatanen, who last suited up on Feb. 15, recorded 12 goals and 22 points in 57 games prior to his injury, and his pending return to action would provide the Ducks' power play with a boost.
Update:Vatanen was activated from injured reserve Sunday, but didn't play in the win over the Predators.
Analysis:Vatanen's activation signals that the blueliner is just about ready to return to action, but the Ducks kept him out of the lineup for a 14th straight game Sunday as an apparent precaution. He'll likely practice for the next couple of days with the hope of being cleared to play Wednesday against the Kings.
- March 15, 2015
Update:Vatanen (lower body) did not take the ice for warmups before Sunday's game against the Predators, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Vatanen traveled with the Ducks on a recent three-game road trip but wasn't able to play in any of the contests. While he's now sitting out the first of three consecutive home games, Vatanen may be able to return before the Ducks hit the road again.
- March 12, 2015
Update:Vatanen (lower body) will not play Friday against the Wild, Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Analysis:Vatanen was said to be close to a return after traveling with the Ducks on their three-game road trip earlier this week, but it doesn't look as though he'll suit up in any of those contests. Even so, Vatanen isn't believed to have hit any setbacks in his recovery, and may only need a couple more practices before the team green lights his return to the lineup. He could be an option when the Ducks head back to Anaheim on Sunday for a pivotal match against their Western Conference co-leaders in the Predators.
- March 11, 2015
Update:Vatanen (lower body) won't play Wednesday against the Flames.
Analysis:Vatanen is traveling with the team on its current three-game road trip and seems to be progressing toward a return to the lineup, but he'll remain out for at least another game. If Vatanen is able to log a full practice Thursday, he could merit consideration for a lineup spot in Friday's tilt with the Wild.
- March 6, 2015
Update:Vatanen (lower body) will travel to Canada for Monday's game in Vancouver and Wednesday's game in Calgary, Lance Pugmire of the LA Times reports.
Analysis:The news is a bit surprising, as Vatanen isn't expected back until late March. It may be that he actually has a shot to return within the next week, but it's also quite possible that he's just traveling with the team to work with trainers or stay mentally prepared.
- March 5, 2015
Update:Vatanen (leg) has not experienced any setbacks, and he is still targeting a return in late March, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Vatanen skated Thursday, and while he still has quite a ways to go, there haven't been any discouraging signs. The Ducks are dealing with a bunch of injuries along the blueline right now, so Vatanen's eventual return will surely be welcome.
- February 17, 2015
Update:Vatanen (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.
Analysis:With Vatanen staring at a 4-to-6-week absence, the Ducks moved quickly to stash him on IR and fill his roster spot. Josh Manson was recalled from AHL Norfolk in a corresponding move.
Update:Vatanen was ruled out Tuesday for 4-to-6 weeks with a lower-body injury, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Fortunately for the young blueliner, he didn't sustain any sort of fracture and won't require surgery after being forced out of Sunday's game with the injury, but his loss puts fantasy owners in a major bind. Vatanen had compiled 12 goals and 34 points in 57 games, with 17 of those points coming on the power play. While Vatanen should be fully healthy for the Ducks before the playoffs, his absence for a sizable chunk of what remains with the regular season will likely make him a reasonable roster drop in most formats. Eric Brewer and Josh Manson should stand to see increased ice time in Vatanen's stead, but neither presents enough offensive upside to warrant much interest.
- February 15, 2015
Update:Vatanen left Sunday's game against the Capitals with a lower body injury.
Analysis:The injury limited Vatanen to just 5:22 of ice time, as he left in the first period and was unable to return. If he can't play in Wednesday's game against Tampa Bay, Eric Brewer will likely join the lineup.
- February 6, 2015
Update:Vatanen sniped his 11th goal of the season in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Predators.
Analysis:Vatanen continues to pace all Ducks blueliners and ranks tied for 13th in the NHL with 32 points. The 23-year-old has recorded two goals and two assists over his last seven games.
- January 28, 2015
Update:Vatanen added an assist to his ledger in Tuesday's win over the Canucks.
Analysis:Vatanen has been one of the league's most productive blueliners on the power-play with six goals and 10 assists on the man advantage, but it's his lack of even-strength production that has weighed down his plus/minus rating compared to other players on the Ducks. He's at least shown some signs of reversing that trend lately, going a collective plus-8 over the last six games, with two of his four of his points during that stretch coming at 5-on-5 play.
- December 13, 2014
Update:Vatanen sniped a goal and added an assist while firing off four shots on goal in Friday's 4-2 win over the Ducks.
Analysis:What better way to cure a three-game pointless drought than a date with the lowly Oilers? Vatanen now impressively has 23 points, 22 PIM and 49 SOG in 31 games this year, making him the fourth highest-scoring blueliner in the league. We won't say the production has completely come out of nowhere, but the young Finn really has taken a major leap forward in his third NHL season. Enjoy.
- December 4, 2014
Update:Vatanen tallied his seventh goal of the season in Wednesday's shootout win over the Flyers.
Analysis:The young blueliner had a dynamite evening, finishing with a team-leading five shots over 26:12 of ice time. His 21 points on the season match his entire output from 2013-14, though he required 21 fewer games to reach that mark.
- December 2, 2014
Update:Vatanen netted a goal in Monday's 3-2 win over the Bruins.
Analysis:Vatanen has carried the load offensively for the Ducks' blue line throughout the campaign. He has six goals on the season, one more than the combined total of the other 11 blueliners the Ducks have used.
- November 19, 2014
Update:Vatanen figured into all three Anaheim goals in Tuesday's shootout loss to Calgary, scoring the first and then dishing out a pair of power-play assists.
Analysis:While he finished minus-1 on the night and the team lost, that doesn't take much of the luster off what Vatanen's been able to do lately. The Finnish defender has been hot, rolling up two goals and seven assists over the last seven games.
- November 13, 2014
Update:Vatanen got in on the scoring in Wednesday's 6-5 shootout victory over the Kings, dishing out a pair of helpers.
Analysis:The young blueliner is hot again, recording five points in the last four games after being held off the scoresheet for the previous five.
- November 10, 2014
Update:Vatanen scored his fourth power-play goal of the season in Sunday's loss to Vancouver.
Analysis:Vatanen has now recorded 10 points in 16 games this season -- all on the power play. That is either a good thing or a bad thing, it really depends how you want to look at it. What matters is Vatanen is on pace for 50 points and is establishing himself as an elite offensive defenseman. Keep him rolling.
- October 25, 2014
Update:Vatanen was once again a force with the man advantage in Friday's win over the Blue Jackets, contributing the game-winning goal along with an assist.
Analysis:It's the second two-point game in three games for Vatanen, who has been sizzling out of the gate for the Ducks in his third NHL season. The 23-year-old has produced three goals and four assists over eight games, with all of those points coming on the power play.
- October 20, 2014
Update:Vatanen scored two-power-play goals and earned first star honors in Sunday's win over the Blues.
Analysis:Vatanen is a machine with the man advantage, netting all five of his points this season on the power play. After posting six goals and 21 points in just 48 games last season, the 23-year-old is well on his way to a career year.
- October 10, 2014
Update:Vatanen gathered two assists and attempted three shots on goal in 18:40 of ice time Thursday against the Penguins.
Analysis:In addition, Vatanen saw a team-high 5:13 on the power play, suggesting that coach Bruce Boudreau plans to carve out a large role for the young blueliner this season. In addition to a healthy plus/minus rating, Vatanen could make a push for 35 points this season, making him worthy of a speculative add in most formats where he's available.
- July 22, 2014
Update:Vatanen signed a two-year contract to remain with the Ducks on Tuesday, the team's official website reports.
Analysis:Vatanen enjoyed a promising rookie campaign last season, scoring six goals and 21 points in 48 games for Anaheim. The 23-year-old Finland native also lead all defensemen with five assists at this year's Olympics. Expect Vatanen to continue his development with the Ducks and become a bigger factor as his contract plays out.
- May 8, 2014
Update:Vatanen was recalled from AHL Norfolk on Thursday, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:It's not immediately clear if Vatanen will join the Ducks' lineup for their Game 3 match with the Kings, but don't be surprised if coach Bruce Boudreau decides to shake things up with his team down 2-0 in the series. Emerson Etem was returned to Norfolk in a corresponding move.
- April 20, 2014
Update:Vatanen was reassigned to AHL Norfolk on Sunday.
Analysis:With coach Bruce Boudreau electing to go with his veterans on defense for the first two games of the series with the Stars, Vatanen has been a healthy scratch thus far in the postseason. He'll head back to the minors to create some more roster flexibility.
- March 27, 2014
Update:Vatanen registered two assists during a 3-2 win over the Flames on Wednesday.
Analysis:As Vatanen has now picked up three assists in his two games back since being recalled to the Ducks, it's safe to say that he's bent on solidifying his spot with the team and showing that he's fully recovered from his recent lower body injury.
- March 23, 2014
Update:Vatanen was recalled from AHL Norfolk on Sunday and he's participating in warmups.
Analysis:Vatanen seems likely to dress for tonight's game but that is still undetermined at this point. If he can go, it will be his first game action with the Ducks since Feb. 5. The 22 year-old has tallied six goals and eight assists in 41 games this season with Anaheim.
- March 22, 2014
Update:Vatanen is nursing a lower-body injury, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Vatanen was still able to take part in drills at Saturday's practice, so there's a chance he could join the lineup Sunday vs. the Panthers if the team's medical staff is comfortable with where he's at on the health front. Vatanen hasn't played in either of the Ducks' two games since being recalled from AHL Norfolk on Monday.
- March 17, 2014
Update:Vatanen was recalled from AHL Norfolk on Monday, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:His call-up was more than likely motivated by the lower-body injury to fellow defenseman Cam Fowler, who is questionable to play Tuesday vs. the Capitals. Vatanen has proven to be a rather capable blueliner during his 41 games with Anaheim earlier this season, racking up six goals and eight assists.
- February 25, 2014
Update:Vatanen was reassigned to AHL Norfolk on Tuesday.
Analysis:Despite his exceptional performance for Finland in the Olympics in which he led all of the tournament's defensemen with five assists, Vatanen will head back to the minors for further development time. The Ducks' defensive unit has been an area of strength throughout the season, and though the 22-year-old is probably more than qualified for a regular role with the parent club, it might take until next season before he's up in the majors for good.
- February 13, 2014
Update:Vatanen gathered three helpers for Finland in their Olympic-opening victory over Austria on Thursday.
Analysis:It was a highly-impressive Olympic debut for the 22-year-old, whose three assists were all of the secondary variety. Finland will play their next game Friday against a Norway team that could be similarly vulnerable defensively, perhaps opening the door for another big game by Vatanen.
- February 3, 2014
Update:The Ducks have recalled Vatanen from AHL Norfolk, the team's official site reports.
Analysis:Vatanen, who has recorded 14 points in 39 games for the Ducks this season, last saw action with the big club on January 17. At the AHL level, the 5-10, 183-pound blueliner has notched six points in six games.
- January 21, 2014
Update:Vatanen has been assigned to AHL Norfolk.
Analysis:Vatanen, who has appeared in 39 games for the Ducks this season, recording 14 points, figures to be back in due time, with his current demotion likely signaling that Luca Sbisa is set to return to the team's lineup.
- January 18, 2014
Update:Vatanen is a scratch for Saturday's game in St. Louis, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Vatanen has appeared in 39 games this season, averaging 17:11 of ice time per contest. He scored three points in Wednesday's 9-1 win over the Canucks, but is presumably a healthy scratch Saturday. No injury has been reported.
- December 17, 2013
Update:Vatanen scored a goal and registerd an assist during a 5-2 defeat of the Red Wings on Tuesday.
Analysis:Despite Tuesday's stellar performance, it should be noted that it ends a seven-game-long point streak for Vatanen.
- November 22, 2013
Update:Vatanen was recalled from AHL Norfolk on Friday, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:With Francois Beauchemin ailing, the Ducks were in need of an extra defenseman for Friday's tilt with the Lightning. The Ducks still have six healthy defensemen on the roster, so it's no guarantee that Vatanen gets much action while Beauchemin is unavailable.
- November 14, 2013
Update:The Ducks reassigned Vatanen to AHL Norfolk on Thursday, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:The defenseman recorded one goal and four assists in 17 contests with the Ducks, but will make the trip to Norfolk to open up a roster spot for recently recalled center Peter Holland.
- November 9, 2013
Update:Vatanen was on the ice for 16:19 in Friday's win over the Sabres.
Analysis:He had sat out the previous two games with an undisclosed injury. With one goal, four assists and a plus-3 rating in 16 games this season, Vatanen could be worthy of a spot on fantasy squads looking for capable defensemen to round out their rosters.
- November 2, 2013
Update:Vatanen left Saturday's game with an undisclosed injury, the Orange County Register's Eric Stephens reports.
Analysis:There is some good news for fantasy owners, as Vatanen netted his first goal of the season during the second period of Saturday's 6-3 win. More information should be available Sunday, if not by the end of Saturday night.
- October 11, 2013
Update:Vatanen picked up an assist in the first period of the Ducks' 6-0 defeat of the Rangers on Thursday.
Analysis:As this was Vatanen's first point of the season, hopefully it is a sign that he is finally over the lower body injury that he suffered in training camp.
- October 3, 2013
Update:Vatanen (lower body) was on the ice for 18:46 during Wednesday's season-opening loss to the Avalanche.
Analysis:Vatanen was back practicing last week after suffering a lower body injury earlier in training camp, so it wasn't especially surprising that he was able to suit up for the opener. He fired off three shots on goal and added two hits in the game.
- September 23, 2013
Update:Vatanen was scheduled to return to practice Monday after suffering a lower body injury, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Analysis:He played just 4:50 against the Sharks on Friday night before going down with the injury, and Vatanen was forced to miss Sunday's game as well. Fortunately, it sounds like he's making steady progress toward being ready for Opening Night.
- April 16, 2013
Update:Vatanen was recalled from AHL Norfolk on Tuesday, the Ducks' official site reports.
Analysis:Vatanen was recalled earlier this season and has three NHL games to his name thus far. In those few games, Vatanen failed to collect any points, and his fantasy relevance this late in the season is low outside of keeper leagues.
- February 9, 2013
Update:Vatanen was sent down to Norfolk of the AHL on Saturday, the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Vatanen was replaced by Ben Lovejoy, who the Ducks traded for earlier this week. In three games with the Ducks, Vatanen had no points to go along with one shot, six blocks and a plus-one rating.
- February 1, 2013
Update:Vatanen is expected to make his NHL debut Friday against the Wild, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Vatanen posted 23 points in 34 games this season for AHL Norfolk. Vatanen would be part of the third defensive pair alongside teammate Luca Sbisa, likely in place of Toni Lydman, unless Coach Boudreau decides to start seven defensemen.
- January 27, 2013
Update:Vatanen was recalled from AHL Norfolk on Sunday, the Orange County Register's Eric Stephens reports.
Analysis:Vatanen has played well in Norfolk, posting 23 points in 34 games this year. He could provide more than depth at the top level.
- January 25, 2013
Update:Vatanen (foot) was re-assigned to the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL on Friday and may play immediately, the Ducks' Twitter page reports.
Analysis:Vatanen was placed on IR on January 19 so as not to count against the team's roster limit. With his recovery from a foot injury progressing, he should return to action in the AHL before being considered for action with the Ducks this season. Last season with JYP Jyvaskyla in Finland, the defenseman scored 14 goals with 28 assists in 49 games.
- January 19, 2013
Update:Vatanen (foot) has been placed on injured reserve, the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:For now, he's a part of the NHL roster, but Vatanen's placement on IR prevents him from being counted against the 23-man limit. There's currently no timetable for his return.
- January 15, 2013
Update:Vatanen suffered a foot injury recently playing for Norfork of the AHL and remains sidelined, the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Vatanen, though currently not on the roster, could skate before training camp comes to a close. Last season, Vatanen was fourth in scoring for the Admirals, with 21 points. Being 21, and still growing as a player, the Ducks' want him back on the ice sooner rather than later.
- June 1, 2011
Update: Anaheim has signed Vatanen to a three-year, entry-level contract, the Ducks' official site reports.
Analysis: Vatanen, the Ducks' fourth-round draft selection of 2009, has spent the past two seasons with JyP HT Jyvaskyla of the Finnish Elite League. He's a high-scoring defender, as evidenced by his 61 points (18 G, 43 A) in two seasons (107 games) with the foreign club.
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|Finland U18 (all)||International-Jr||6||0||3||3||4||||
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|JYP U18||Jr. B I-divisioona||2||2||3||5||0|||||Playoffs||1||1||1||2||14|
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|Finland U18 (all)||International-Jr||22||5||12||17||48||||
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