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Vatanen will make his Devils debut on Friday.

After being acquired for Adam Henrique, Joseph Blandisi and a third round pick on Thursday, Vatanen will immediately draw in on the top pair and top power play unit in Colorado tonight. Vatanen will take Steven Santini's spot with Andy Greene and will quarterback the top unit with Will Butcher. Vatanen has one goal, three assists and 22 shots on goal in 15 games this season.

Source: Andrew Gross 12/1/17, 8:52 am EST

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The Devils have acquired Sami Vatanen and a conditional draft pick from the Ducks for Adam Henrique, Joseph Blandisi and a 2018 3rd round pick.

The Ducks have good D-depth but were extremely thin up front, so moving Vatanen helps balance things out for them. Vatanen, who missed the start of the season with a shoulder injury has picked up four points (1G / 3A) in 15 games. He will likely play a huge role on the Devils’ blueline, including likely anchoring their top power-play unit. He will no longer have to fight for PP time with Cam Fowler or Brandon Montour.

Source: @AnaheimDucks 11/30/17, 5:32 am EST

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Vatanen (shoulder) is not expected to make his season debut until November.

Vatanen underwent surgery on a torn labrum this summer and the Ducks don’t expect to have the play-making defenseman in their lineup until early-November, if all goes to plan. This is a tough way for Vatanen to start 2017-18 after a rough 2016-17 season that saw him record just three goals and 21 assists (24 points). Look for Brandon Montour to see an extended look in the top-4 and on the power-play while Vatanen is out.

Source: Eric Stephens 09/18/17, 5:21 am EST

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