ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks officially announced Thursday that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has recalled defenseman Sami Vatanen from the Norfolk Admirals and has assigned winger Emerson Etem to Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).
Vatanen, 22, has six goals and 15 assists as well as a plus-9 rating and 22 penalty minutes in 48 games with the Ducks during the regular season. His six goals tied for fifth amongst all NHL rookie defenseman and tied for the highest total among Anaheim blueliners. The 2014 Olympic bronze medalist currently has 56 career NHL games to his name and has collected 23 points (8g,15a) and a plus-12 on-ice rating so far, all with Anaheim.
Vatanen hails from Jyvaskyla, Finland, and contributed two goals and seven points in eight games during the regular season with Norfolk. In five 2014 Calder Cup Playoff games with the Admirals, Vatanen assisted on three goals, which is tied for the team lead. Those three points and his plus-2 rating are second-best on the squad in the postseason.
Etem, 21, returns to Norfolk following four playoff games for Anaheim and 50 regular season games for the Admirals. In those 50 games, Etem registered 24 goals and 30 assists for a plus-14 rating, but has yet to appear in the playoffs for Norfolk. The Long Beach, California native is a welcome addition to the Admirals' lineup and should provide a spark in the attacking zone. The 2010 first round draft pick led Norfolk in points and assists, tied for the team lead in plus/minus, and finished second in goals.
The Eastern Conference Semifinals come to the Norfolk Scope Arena for Games 3, 4 and 5 of the best-of-seven-game series that is tied at 1-1. The Admirals and the St. John's IceCaps battle at 8:00 p.m. this Saturday with Games 4 and 5 scheduled for Monday and Tuesday at 7:15 p.m.
Individual playoff tickets for the Eastern Conference Semifinal are currently on sale and are available through the Norfolk Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com.