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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%: 85/58 | Average Draft Position: 42.88
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6/9/2015

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Wild's Vanek Undergoes Hernia Surgery

News: Thomas Vanek underwent surgery for a sports hernia last week, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: The injury reportedly bothered Thomas Vanek for much of the second half of the season, and wasn't healing on its own, which prompted the Wild to take the surgical route. The recovery time for such a procedure is typically about six weeks, so the Wild expect Vanek to be 100 percent healthy at the start of their training camp in September. He registered 52 points in 80 games for Minnesota this past season.

5/2/2015

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Wild's Vanek Registers Two Assists In Game 1 Loss

News: Thomas Vanek picked up two assists in Friday's Game 1 loss to the Blackhawks.
Analysis: While Thomas Vanek is yet to score in these playoffs, he's got three assists in his last three games and is getting his chances, firing three shots on goal in each of his last three outings. While he's currently skating on the third line, he's still playing on the loaded top power-play unit and is capable of going on a big hot streak. If the Wild hope to get past Chicago, Vanek will need to elevate his game and be a difference maker.

4/25/2015

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN Wild's Vanek Assists In Win

Thomas Vanek

Wild's Vanek Assists In Win

News: Thomas Vanek gathered an assist and put three shots on goal in Friday's Game 5 win over the Blues.
Analysis: It's the second assist of the first round for Thomas Vanek, who seems to have lost some momentum since cobbling together an eight-game point streak from March 8 through March 23 during the regular season. He's managed only two goals and three assists over his last 13 games, putting up just 24 shots during that span. Since he doesn't provide much usefulness in the hits or PIM categories, Vanek's value is largely nullified if he's not producing points with much consistency.

4/12/2015

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Wild's Vanek To Play Saturday

News: Thomas Vanek (undisclosed) will play Saturday against the Blues.
Analysis: Thomas Vanek was one of three players that missed Thursday's game against the Predators due to a "nagging" injury, but he'll get in one final tune-up Saturday before the postseason commences. The Austrian winger enters the regular-season finale with 21 goals and 51 points across 79 games.

4/9/2015

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Wild's Vanek Out Thursday With Minor Injury

News: Thomas Vanek will miss Thursday's game against the Predators due to an undisclosed "nagging" injury, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Analysis: Thomas Vanek's removal from the lineup probably has less to do with the injury than it does the fact that the Wild were able to secure a playoff spot earlier this week. Coach Mike Yeo will use Thursday as an opportunity to rest a few of his regulars who are a bit banged up, but all are expected to return to the action for the season finale Saturday against the Blues. With Vanek, Zach Parise, and Nino Niederreiter siting out, Matt Cooke, Sean Bergenheim, and Ryan Carter will draw into the Wild's lineup.

3/23/2015

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN Wild's Vanek Stays Hot With Two Points

Thomas Vanek

Wild's Vanek Stays Hot With Two Points

News: Thomas Vanek factored into both of his team's goals, scoring one and assisting on the other in Monday's 2-1 win over the Maple Leafs.
Analysis: Thomas Vanek has been working at an incredible pace in March, recording a point in eight consecutive games -- good for six goals and four assists in that span. The 31-year-old has ridden this stretch to come within a point of the 50-point plateau after what was shaping up to be a disappointing campaign at the beginning of the season. Owners should continue to take advantage while the winger remains sizzling hot.

3/22/2015

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN Beat Goes On For Wild's Vanek

Thomas Vanek

Beat Goes On For Wild's Vanek

News: Thomas Vanek tallied a goal, two PIM, and went plus-2 in Saturday's 6-3 thumping of the Blues.
Analysis: After looking like a free-agent bust for most of his first few months with the Wild, Thomas Vanek has really turned it on since February. After finishing that month with nine points, Vanek is on track to surpass that production in March, as he's reeled off five goals and three assists while producing at least one point in seven straight games. His ice time remains curiously low of late -- he's averaging 16:16 for the season, but has failed to eclipse 13:30 in each of the last four games -- but that shouldn't deter fantasy owners from keeping him active and reaping the benefits. It looks like the Austrian winger has found fertile ground with Charlie Coyle and Justin Fontaine on the Wild's third line.

3/18/2015

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN Points Flying In For Wild's Vanek

Thomas Vanek

Points Flying In For Wild's Vanek

News: Thomas Vanek tallied an assist in Tuesday's win over the Predators on Thursday.
Analysis: Thomas Vanek has surprisingly seen less than 12 minutes of ice time in both of the last two games, but it hasn't prevented him from staying productive for fantasy owners. He's now riding a season-long five-game point streak, during which he's churned out four goals and two assists. The Austrian winger had been unable to get hot at any point prior to March, but he should be an auto-play in most formats now that he's finally beginning to sizzle.

3/10/2015

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Vanek Pots Two For Wild

News: Thomas Vanek scored a pair of goals -- one on a power play -- Tuesday in a win over the Devils.
Analysis: That's three goals in the last two games now for Thomas Vanek after a four-game stretch off the scoresheet. While he hasn't been bad this year, Vanek's 44 points in 67 games certainly qualifies as a disappointment, but fantasy owners should keep him in the back of their minds as a buy-low next year; he's not too old to rebound to a 60-plus-point level in coming seasons. As long as his health holds up, anyway.

3/8/2015

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Wild's Vanek Back In Lineup

News: Thomas Vanek (illness) will play Sunday against the Avs.
Analysis: Thomas Vanek, who missed Friday's game against the Hurricanes, has 39 points in 64 games to date overall, but he has failed to notch a point in his last four outings.

3/6/2015

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Wild's Vanek Out Friday With Illness

News: Thomas Vanek (illness) will not play Friday against the Hurricanes.
Analysis: The nature of Thomas Vanek's illness isn't clear, but fantasy owners should consider him day-to-day at this point in time. He should have a good chance of returning to action Sunday against Colorado.

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.