The Ducks have signed defenseman Sami Vatanen
to a four-year contract extension through the 2019-20 NHL season. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Vatanen, 25 (6/3/91), has collected 29-69=98 points with a +25 rating and 78 penalty minutes (PIM) in 194 career NHL games with the Ducks. Vatanen, who ranks tied for fifth among NHL defensemen in power play goals (11) since the 2014-15 season, set career highs in points (9-29=38), assists (29) and appearances (71) last season. As Anaheim’s highest scoring defenseman since Lubomir Visnovsky (18-50=68) and Cam Fowler (10-30=40) in 2010-11, Vatanen led team defensemen in scoring, game-winning goals (2), assists, points per game (0.54) and power play points (4-15=19).
Selected by Anaheim in the fourth round (106th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, the 5-10, 183-pound blueliner has added 4-12=16 points with 14 PIM in 28 career Stanley Cup Playoff games.
A native of Jyvaskyla, Finland, Vatanen will represent his country at the World Cup of Hockey 2016 in September. Vatanen won bronze with Finland at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, leading Olympic defensemen and ranking second among all players in assists (5). He also ranked tied for fourth among Olympic defensemen in points (0-5=5) at the 2014 Games. Vatanen captained Finland at the 2011 World Junior Championship and 2009 Under-18 World Championship (bronze), while also representing Finland at the 2010 World Junior Championship.