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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%: 87/51 | Average Draft Position: 42.92
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8:05 AM

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.

7/1/2014

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Wild Bring Vanek Back To Familiar Confines

News: Thomas Vanek has signed a three-year, $19.5 million deal with the Wild, according to Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Analysis: The Wild get the guy they've been targeting, which might be a bit of a coup considering other teams had more money to spend and Thomas Vanek was perhaps the best pure scorer on the open market. The Austrian also returns to where he spent his college career. He'll almost certainly be placed on the top line, though it's unclear how and if Vanek and Zach Parise (both left wings by trade) might work together. And if Vanek gets to work on the top power-play line with Parise and Ryan Suter, he could be in line for a nice season. Vanek has also worked well with Jason Pominville in the past, so the Wild could do some shuffling to try and create two optimal lines at even strength.

6/30/2014

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Vanek To Meet With Wild

News: Thomas Vanek will meet with Wild head coach Mike Yeo on Monday in Minnesota, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: The Wild are interesting in signing Thomas Vanek to a short-term deal, but he'll likely get more lucrative offers elsewhere. However, if he doesn't find the long-term contract he's looking for, the Minnesota resident may be lured to his "hometown" Wild.

6/14/2014

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Wild Not Keen On Free Agent Vanek?

News: Thomas Vanek, who will be a free agent come July and has long been linked to the Wild, "is no longer a given" to sign with in Minnesota, says Michael Russo of the Star Tribune. "I don't get the impression the Wild's willing to sign him to a long-term deal anymore," stated Russo.
Analysis: The team seems a bit gun-shy after Thomas Vanek's tough postseason run in Montreal and might only want to offer two or three years to the winger. He's looking to cash in and has already turned down a seven-year, $49 million offer from the Islanders. Free agency should be fun for Vanek -- he'll get his money from somewhere, but it might not be from his beloved Minny.

5/13/2014

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN Montreal's Vanek Pots Two In Game 6

Thomas Vanek

Montreal's Vanek Pots Two In Game 6

News: Thomas Vanek scored two goals in Monday's Game 6 win over the Bruins.
Analysis: Thomas Vanek paced the Habs attack with a team-leading four shots on goal, finding the net for his fourth and fifth tallies of the postseason. Interestingly enough, Vanek's pair of two-goal performances against the Bruins have come in the two playoff games in which he's seen the least ice time.

5/3/2014

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Vanek's PPGs Not Enough For Montreal

News: Thomas Vanek registered two power-play goals in Montreal's 5-3 loss at Boston on Saturday afternoon.
Analysis: His playoff shooting percentage (17.2% over his career) suggests that he knows how to turn on the intensity when the stakes rise.

4/9/2014

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Vanek Continues Productivity In Canadiens' Loss

News: Thomas Vanek assisted on a third period goal in Montreal's 3-2 overtime loss to Chicago on Wednesday.
Analysis: While Thomas Vanek has been shutout in two of four games this month, he's logged 15 points in 16 games since being acquired from the Islanders at the trade deadline. Buffalo's former fifth overall pick (2003) has 23 goals (59 points) in 62 games played this season.

4/4/2014

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN Vanek Busy In Habs Win

Thomas Vanek

Vanek Busy In Habs Win

News: Thomas Vanek assisted on three of Montreal's seven goals in Friday's win over Ottawa, his third multi-point game in the last four contests.
Analysis: Thomas Vanek is enjoying life with Max Pacioretty, earning eight points in the last four games and he sits with 14 in his 14 contests with Montreal since Deadline Day. Vanek is an elite talent when he decides to play and owners who gambled on him in Montreal are rather happy.

3/29/2014

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN Habs' Vanek Proving To Be Catch Of Deadline Deals

Thomas Vanek

Habs' Vanek Proving To Be Catch Of Deadline Deals

News: Thomas Vanek scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's win over Florida. He has six goals and 10 points in his past seven games.
Analysis: Mirror, mirror on the wall -- who's the best deadline deal of them all? Yup, that moniker belongs to the steal of a deal the Habs pulled to grab this guy. He has 11 points in 12 games in bleu, blanc et rouge, and that might be enough for him to consider his fit there as a free agent. Short term? We don't need to tell you what to do with him.

3/27/2014

Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN

Thomas Vanek

Vanek Chips In Three Points For Habs

News: Thomas Vanek scored a goal, picked up two assists and went plus-3 in Thursday's win over Detroit.
Analysis: A sparkling game for Thomas Vanek, who had been held to just an assist over his last three contests. He has nine points in 11 games for the Habs, and has collected eight of them in the last six games.