Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen couldn't hold back his natural reaction when he discovered that he was going to be paired with Hampus Lindholm.
Vatanen is from Finland and Lindholm from Sweden. Those countries are noted rivals in international competition and have a healthy disdain for each other.
"[I thought], 'Oh my God,'" Vatanen said. "Maybe I'll turn him into a Finnish [player]."
Vatanen was partly joking. He has come up in the organization with Lindholm, but the two have not been regular defenseman partners until this first-round...