26. Sami Vatanen

Sami Vatanen was a Fourth Round Pick by the Anaheim Ducks, but the Finnish Defenseman did not make his way stateside until three years later.

Vatanen would rise up the blueline ranks and would run the point on the power play. In both 2014-15 and 2015-16, he had at least 25 Assists and 37 Points, which would be his highwater mark for the Ducks.  Vatanen was traded in November of 2017 to New Jersey, ending his run as a Duck with 126 Points.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Defence
  • Acquired: Selected in the 4th Round, 106th Overall in the NHL Draft 6/26/09.
  • Departed: Traded to the New Jersey Devils with Anaheim’s 2019 3rdRound Pick for Adam Henrique, Joseph Blandisi, and New Jersey's 2018 3rdRound Pick 11/30/17.
  • Games Played: 280
  • Notable Statistics:

    33 Goals
    93 Assists 
    126 Points 
    116 PIM 
    0.45 PPG 
    +22 Plus/Minus 
    24.7 Point Shares 
    22 Points in 40 Playoff Games

  • Major Accolades and Awards: None
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