When I watch the Olympics, I often look for non-NHL players who appear capable of being NHLers. While none of these have stood out to me so far, there is a bit NHL player who has looked like he is good enough to play a much bigger role in the NHL. He is Sami Vatanen of Finland. He is a rookie with the Anaheim Ducks in the NHL.
Vatanen has been the top defenceman on the Finnish team that has qualified for the quarterfinals. They played a strong defensive game against Canada and Vatanen was a big part of it.
In the NHL Vatanen has scored 14 points in 31 games so far this year. He is a third line defenceman on the first place Ducks. He often plays with limited ice time. In fact, he is seventh on the Ducks when ranked by ice time per game on defence this season. Continue reading "Sami Vatanen"