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Sami Vatanen's risk-taking pays off with increased role for Ducks
Sami Vatanen's risk-taking pays off with increased role for Ducks

Sami Vatanen wears a nearly constant little smirk, one his teammates know is behind his subdued but killer sense of humor. Vatanen takes that same look to the ice, an asset that keeps the opposition unsure of what the Ducks' defenseman will do at any given moment, such as blasting one of his piercing missiles from the blue line, intercepting a pass toward the goal, or delivering a precision, well-schooled pass that sets up a goal... "I've never been scared about mistakes," Vatanen said. "Everyone makes them. You use them to learn." That bold, risk-taking style has elevated his role, as the 5-10, 23-year-old teams with $13-million free-agent acquisition...

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