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26 Thomas Vanek LW
Height/Weight: 6-2/205 | Birthdate: 1/19/1984 | Birthplace: Vienna, Austria | Team: Minnesota Wild | College: Minnesota | NHL Experience: 9 | Salary: $6,400,000 | Owned/Started%: 85/60 | Average Draft Position: 42.88
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2/18/2015

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN Wild's Vanek To Play Wednesday

Thomas Vanek

Wild's Vanek To Play Wednesday

News: Thomas Vanek (lower body) is warming up and it appears he will play against the Flames, Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun reports.
Analysis: Thomas Vanek was questionable heading into Wednesday's contest, but it looks like he's going to play. Michael Keranen will likely be a healthy scratch.

2/18/2015

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN Wild's Vanek Looking Questionable For Wednesday

Thomas Vanek

Wild's Vanek Looking Questionable For Wednesday

News: Thomas Vanek (lower body) was on the ice for Wednesday's morning skate, but he remains questionable for the Wild's game later in the evening against the Flames, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Analysis: The lower-body injury prevented Thomas Vanek from practicing Tuesday, but his presence on the ice Wednesday suggests he's at least experiencing some level of improvement with his condition. Vanek noted that his body felt a little better as the session wore on, but he'll still meet with coach Mike Yeo closer to game time before a decision on his status is made. The Wild have already called up Michael Keranen from AHL Iowa as insurance at the wing in the event Vanek is ruled out for Wednesday's game.

2/18/2015

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Wild's Vanek (Lower Body) Misses Practice

News: Thomas Vanek missed Tuesday's practice due to a lower body injury but is expected to play Wednesday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Apparently Thomas Vanek has been playing with the injury for awhile, so monitor his status the next few games.

2/14/2015

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN Wild's Vanek: Nine Points In Last 10 Games

Thomas Vanek

Wild's Vanek: Nine Points In Last 10 Games

News: Thomas Vanek scored twice and added an assist in Minnesota's win over Carolina on Saturday night.
Analysis: Both were fluky -- he had a wide-open net courtesy of a goalie gaffe for the first and his second deflected off the goalie's outstretched foot and into the net. But the struggling sniper will take anything he can get. He is actually starting to heat up -- he has nine points, including four goals, in his last 10 games. Take advantage.

2/10/2015

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Vanek Gets Assist In Wild Victory

News: Thomas Vanek recorded a power-play assist in Monday's victory over the Canucks.
Analysis: Thomas Vanek's best attribute this season has been his ability to avoid lengthy scoring lulls, as he's never been held without a point for more than three games. On the other side of the coin, he's been unable to get hot for any sustained period of time, as his longest streak of consecutive games with a point has been just three as well. Altogether, Vanek has yielded 10 goals and 22 assists over 52 games -- a respectable sum, but surely less offense than the Wild anticipated when they inked him to a three-year deal last summer.

1/21/2015

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Wild's Vanek Notches Two Points

News: Thomas Vanek was crucial to the Wild's comeback effort in the third period Tuesday against Detroit, picking up a goal and a power-play assist in the eventual shootout loss.
Analysis: The two points are nice, but Thomas Vanek's been an inconsistent presence on the scoresheet all year long in what's really been the first season of struggles he's ever had. He's currently on pace for his first full season under 20 goals, and his current minus-12 rating represents a career-low mark.

1/15/2015

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Wild's Vanek Burns Old Team

News: Thomas Vanek fired eight shots on net in Tuesday's 7-0 win over the Sabres and was rewarded with a goal and an assist, both on the power play.
Analysis: Like the rest of the Wild, Thomas Vanek found his old Sabres mates to be easy pickings in this one. He'd gone scoreless in three straight, totaling just three shots on goal in that span, but certainly looked a lot more active on the offensive end in this one. The Wild get another scoring-friendly matchup Saturday, when the Coyotes come to visit.

1/9/2015

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Points Trickling In For Wild's Vanek

News: Thomas Vanek registered an assist, five shots and seven PIM in Tuesday's loss to the Blackhawks.
Analysis: Thomas Vanek probably hasn't made the kind of impact the Wild were hoping for after inking him to a $19.5 million deal this past offseason, but with 25 points in 39 games, he's been a steady complementary scorer. Furthermore, his production of late has been trending in the positive direction, as he's collected a goal, three assists and 11 PIM over his last five contests.

1/4/2015

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Wild's Vanek Nabs Goal In Win

News: Though he took a minus-3 rating in Saturday's 7-1 loss to the Stars, Thomas Vanek extended his point streak to three games with the team's lone goal.
Analysis: The big plus/minus hit was probably unavoidable in a game the Wild were thoroughly whipped, but at least Thomas Vanek was one of the few players on his team to deliver some positive contribution to fantasy owners. His 24 points in 37 games are still probably less than the Wild were expecting at this point, but his recent scoring surge could be more representative of what's to come for the Austrian winger.

12/21/2014

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN Wild's Vanek Scores Fifth Goal

Thomas Vanek

Wild's Vanek Scores Fifth Goal

News: Thomas Vanek potted his fifth goal of the season and added a helper in Saturday's loss to the Predators.
Analysis: Thomas Vanek has heated up of late, recording three goals and six points in his last six games. The top-line forward now has 20 points in 31 games this season, to go with an even plus-minus rating. Vanek is usually a streaky scorer, so take full advantage of this recent hot streak.

12/9/2014

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Wild's Vanek Delivers Two Crucial Points

News: Thomas Vanek scored the game-tying goal and notched the primary assist on Nino Niederreiter's game-winner in Tuesday's 5-4 win over the Isles.
Analysis: Amazingly, the goal was just Thomas Vanek's third in 26 games this season -- quite the decline for the four-time 30-goal scorer, who potted 27 last year. He's been very quiet since joining Minnesota, highlighted by his meager 42 shots on the year. At 30 years old, Vanek's too young to be in this kind of decline -- perhaps he's been distracted by the recent news about his gambling debts.

11/28/2014

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Wild's Vanek Scores Second Goal

News: Thomas Vanek scored his second goal of the season and had two assists in Friday's win over Dallas.
Analysis: Thomas Vanek has had a slow start to the season with just two goal, but perhaps he's found some chemistry with linemates Kyle Brodziak and Nino Niederreiter.

11/5/2014

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Top Line Role Awaits For Wild's Vanek

News: Thomas Vanek is expected to play on the Wild's top line while Zach Parise (upper body) remains unavailable, Rachel Blount of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: The Wild's third line wasn't exactly fantasy purgatory, but joining Mikael Granlund and Jason Pominville on the top trio should represent something of a small uptick in value for Thomas Vanek. The Wild's top get in free agency, Vanek has netted only one goal in 11 games, instead turning his focus on setting up his mates. Vanek should only see more chances to build on his team-leading total of seven assists while working alongside Pominville, with whom he has some familiarity with from their time in Buffalo together.

11/1/2014

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Wild's Vanek Scores Power-Play Goal

News: Thomas Vanek scored a power-play goal in Saturday's win over Dallas.
Analysis: It was Thomas Vanek's first goal of the season and the Wild's first power-play goal of the season (they started 0-for-28). Vanek was moved to a new line three games ago and it seems to have given him a spark with four points in his last three games.

10/31/2014

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Wild's Vanek Accused Of Betting With Bookie

News: Vanek has been accused of being involved in betting $230,000 on football with a bookie by a defendant during an investigation in a federal illegal gambling and money laundering case in Rochester, N.Y. where Vanek has appeared as a witness. However, Vanek's agent, Steve Bartlett, says his client is not subject to any investigation. "If you read it quickly or if you read it quickly, it almost alludes to the fact that Thomas Vanek was involved in money laundering, which is totally false," Bartlett told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "He is not the subject of any investigation or criminal charges or anything whatsoever. He was a witness against this guy who was the bookmaker. He was the guy that wanted money and Thomas paid it to him. Thomas wasn't involved in any bookmaking activities."
Analysis: The NHL says it's monitoring the investigation, but the collective bargaining agreement between the NHL and NHL Players' Association only prohibits betting on hockey, which Thomas Vanek is not accused of. As a result it doesn't look like Vanek faces any disciplinary action from the NHL, but it's worth monitoring the case.

10/30/2014

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Wild's Vanek Adds Two Helpers

News: Thomas Vanek had the primary assist on both of Kyle Brodziak's third-period goals Thursday as the Wild erased a 3-1 lead and went on to beat the Sharks in a shootout.
Analysis: So far, so good for Thomas Vanek since being shifted to a line with Brodziak and Nino Niederreiter, as he's notched three assists in two games. Curiously, the four-time 30-goal scorer hasn't yet found the net this season. It doesn't help that he's not shooting much -- Vanek's put just two pucks on net in the last five games. That's obviously a far cry from his typical shot rate.

10/29/2014

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Wild's Vanek Switches Lines

News: Thomas Vanek had an assist in Tuesday's win over Boston. He skated on a new line with Nino Niederreiter and Kyle Brodziak, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Thomas Vanek has been off to a slow start to the season as he's yet to score a goal. He does have four assists in his last four games and perhaps he'll have better chemistry on a new line. The Wild broke up the line that featured Mikko Koivu and Vanek with both players off to a slow start.

10/25/2014

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Wild's Vanek Grabs Pair Of Helpers Saturday

News: Thomas Vanek dished out two assists in Saturday's win over the visiting Lightning.
Analysis: Slowly but surely, Thomas Vanek is adjusting to life in the State of Hockey and getting his points (four in six games). The Wild have been great so far, posting a 4-2 record and getting offensive production throughout their lineup while outscoring opponents 19-6. Vanek is surrounded by a talented supporting cast both at even strength (Mikael Granlund and Charlie Coyle) and on the power play (Zach Parise, Jason Pominville and Mikko Koivu), so the former 43-goal scorer should flirt with a point-per-game pace this season, with many of his tallies coming in bunches.

10/21/2014

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Wild's Vanek Practices Tuesday

News: Thomas Vanek (finger) was on the ice for practice Tuesday, Rachel Blount of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: As was suggested two days earlier, Thomas Vanek appears to be fine after taking a puck to his thumb Sunday, with the Wild showing no trepidation about his availability for Thursday's tilt with the Coyotes. What is probably more concerning for Vanek owners has been the forward's lack of production through four games (no goals, one assist), but that could soon be remedied by the addition of the Charlie Coyle to his line. The speedy Coyle could create matchup issues for the opposition, thereby softening the defensive attention Vanek receives.

10/19/2014

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Wild's Vanek Not Worried About Thumb Injury

News: Thomas Vanek felt fine following Sunday's game despite being struck on the thumb by a puck, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Analysis: Thomas Vanek said he felt some soreness in his thumb immediately after being hit, but he appeared to be no worse for the wear following the game. He will have a few days to give his thumb some rest with the Wild off until Thursday.

10/19/2014

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Wild's Vanek Injures Thumb

News: Thomas Vanek took a puck to the hand and suffered a thumb injury, Michael Russo of the Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: He missed most of the second period with the injury, but Thomas Vanek did return to the game after the incident. His return does not necessarily mean he will be ready to go for the Wild's next game on Thursday, but he was able to handle the pain today in his return.

10/1/2014

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Wild's Vanek Returns From Injury

News: Thomas Vanek (general soreness) has played in each of the Wild's last two preseason contests.
Analysis: Thomas Vanek was dinged up in last Thursday's contest against the Penguins, but it didn't take long for him to return to full health. He failed to tally a point in either of the two contests he played, but the Wild will continue to carve out a role for him on the second line this season. He'll likely play alongside Mikko Koivu and Charlie Coyle.

9/26/2014

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Wild's Vanek Dealing With Soreness

News: Thomas Vanek likely won't play in Saturday's exhibition game against the Jets since he's dealing with soreness "after getting bumped" in Thursday's exhibition game, Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press reports.
Analysis: Thomas Vanek's status seems to be precautionary when considering that the Wild's first game of the season is on Oct. 9. A little added rest will be the norm in the preseason before the long grueling season starts and time off the ice is less affordable.

9/26/2014

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Wild's Vanek Scores Power-Play Goal

News: Thomas Vanek scored a power-play goal in Thursday's exhibition loss to Pittsburgh.
Analysis: Thomas Vanek has already fit in with his new Wild teammates and will likely be on a line centered by Mikko Koivu and have a large role on the power play. The Wild are still experimenting with line combinations in the preseason, but Vanek should be in a high-profile role regardless.

7/21/2014

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Wild's Vanek Tied To Gambling Investigation

News: Thomas Vanek made an appearance at the courthouse in Rochester on Monday in connection to a gambling investigation, News 10 NBC in Rochester reports.
Analysis: It's currently unclear just how Thomas Vanek is involved with the investigation, but he showed up voluntarily at the courthouse and left after a two-hour visit. His agent, Steve Bartlett, released a statement Monday that said Vanek is "not the subject of any investigation or prosecution." Rochester where the Sabres' AHL affiliate is located; Vanek spent eight seasons in a Buffalo jersey.