Thread: Sami Vatanen
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02-20-2012, 10:50 AM
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question out there for the people familiar with Vatenen.

would he work as a 2 way forward with offensive upside? Or will he be much more effective as a defensemen in the NHL?
I don't think he has ever played as a forward, and IMO he's much more useful as a D-man.
Puck moving, skating and bombs from the blueline are his biggest assets, and those are good skills for an offensive D to have.
His puck moving ability would be a little bit wasted as a forward, I'm not sure if he would be that good.

He is at his best when handled like Ottawa handles Erik Karlsson. Play him as a D-man, but give him a little more freedom in the offensive zone than for normal/traditional defensemen. And I know his size might make some people question his defensive ability in the NHL, but at least on SM-Liiga level he is solid defensively. So it wouldn't make much sense to convert him to forward at this point.


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