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Thomas Vanek

31-Year-Old Left Wing – Minnesota Wild

2014-15 NHL Stats

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2014-15 NHL Projections

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2014-15 Fantasy Hockey Outlook

Many have derided Vanek's postseason performance in Montreal or even his regular-season production from 2013-14, crying out that Vanek is in decline. If anyone in your league believes that, all the better for you. Many people will have been fooled by Vanek's so-called declin...

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SHOOTS: Right   HT: 6' 2"   WT: 218   DOB: 1/19/1984   BORN: Graz, Austria   DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #5 Overall in 2003   Show ContractHide Contract

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Thomas Vanek Contract Information:

Signed a three-year, $19.5 million contract with the Wild in July of 2014.

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Thomas Vanek NHL Stats
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Season Age League Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SOG SH% GWG SHG TOI/G G A Pts TOI/G Hits BS
2005-06 21 81 25 23 48 -11 72 204 12.3 4 0 11 0 11
2006-07 22 82 43 41 84 47 40 237 18.1 5 0 15 0 15
2007-08 23 82 36 28 64 -5 64 240 15.0 9 0 19 0 19
2008-09 24 73 40 24 64 -1 44 211 19.0 5 2 17:12 20 5 25 3:51 34 27
2009-10 25 71 28 25 53 9 42 182 15.4 6 0 16:46 10 8 18 3:38 46 15
2010-11 26 NHL BUF 80 32 41 73 2 24 238 13.4 5 0 17:21 11 17 28 3:40 30 12
2011-12 27 NHL BUF 78 26 35 61 -6 52 204 12.7 5 0 16:56 10 14 24 3:03 34 22
2012-13 28 NHL BUF 38 20 21 41 -1 20 119 16.8 2 1 18:24 9 5 14 3:19 13 4
2013-14 29 NHL BUF 13 4 5 9 -5 4 50 8.0 0 0 18:37 1 3 4 3:44 3 4
2013-14 29 NHL MON 18 6 9 15 8 8 61 9.8 2 0 18:11 2 0 2 6:49 10 3
2013-14 29 NHL NYI 47 17 27 44 4 34 137 12.4 2 0 20:00 5 7 12 4:03 17 10
2014-15 30 NHL MIN 80 21 31 52 -6 37 171 12.3 2 0 16:13 5 12 17 3:14 32 13
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Thomas Vanek – Playing Time Overview

Time On Ice Stats

16:13

Average Time On Ice in 2014-15

During an average game, Thomas Vanek was on the ice for 16:13.

3:14

Average Power Play Time On Ice in 2014-15

During an average game, Thomas Vanek was on the ice for 3:14 during power plays.

Year Ice Time Power Play Ice Time
2013-14 18:11 6:49
2013-14 20:00 4:03
2014-15 16:13 3:14

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Thomas Vanek 2014-15 NHL Game Log
Date Opponent G A Pts +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SOG SH% HIT BS TOI PPTOI
May 7 CHI 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 2 0 10:49 0:41
May 5 CHI 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 2 1 15:21 3:10
May 3 at CHI 0 0 0 -4 2 0 0 0 2 0.0 0 0 13:45 2:11
May 1 at CHI 0 2 2 -1 0 0 1 0 3 0.0 3 1 16:19 2:52
Apr 26 STL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 1 0 13:46 0:45
Apr 24 at STL 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 0 0 12:02 0:53
Apr 22 STL 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 14:47 1:33
Apr 20 STL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 15:06 2:17
Apr 18 at STL 0 1 1 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 0 13:54 1:09
Apr 16 at STL 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 0 0 16:08 3:08
Apr 11 at STL 0 1 1 -1 0 0 1 0 2 0.0 0 0 17:27 4:33
Apr 9 at NSH Did Not Play
Apr 7 at CHI 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 1 14:37 1:00
Apr 6 WPG 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 0.0 0 0 17:40 3:09
Apr 4 DET 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 19:12 4:47
Apr 2 NYR 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 3 33.3 0 0 13:42 1:50
Mar 28 LA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 14:32 1:00
Mar 27 CGY 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 100.0 0 0 16:08 0:51
Mar 24 at NYI 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.0 1 0 15:38 0:17
Mar 23 at TOR 1 1 2 2 2 0 0 0 3 33.3 1 0 12:53 1:21
Mar 21 STL 1 0 1 2 2 0 0 0 2 50.0 0 0 12:15 1:56
Mar 19 WAS 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 0.0 2 0 13:20 1:15
Mar 17 at NSH 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 1 11:53 0:00
Mar 14 at STL 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 100.0 0 0 11:11 1:00
Mar 13 ANH 0 1 1 -1 0 0 1 0 2 0.0 0 0 16:40 5:39
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Mar 10 NJ 2 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 3 66.7 0 0 14:54 4:07
Mar 8 COL 1 0 1 -1 0 0 0 0 3 33.3 0 0 15:53 3:09
Mar 6 at CAR Did Not Play
Mar 5 at WAS 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0.0 1 0 13:22 1:42
Mar 3 OTT 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2 0 17:25 3:58
Feb 28 at COL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 14:24 3:56
Feb 26 at NSH 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 0 16:28 2:21
Feb 24 EDM 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 50.0 1 1 20:51 4:18
Feb 22 DAL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.0 0 0 17:25 1:58
Feb 20 at EDM 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 1 0 14:58 0:00
Feb 18 at CGY 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 0 0 14:21 1:22
Feb 16 at VAN 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 0 0 17:52 1:43
Feb 14 CAR 2 1 3 2 0 0 0 0 4 50.0 0 1 15:45 2:47
Feb 12 FLA 0 1 1 0 4 0 1 0 0 0.0 1 0 16:29 2:00
Feb 10 at WPG 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 0 0 14:33 3:51
Feb 9 VAN 0 1 1 -1 0 0 1 0 2 0.0 0 0 15:59 2:40
Feb 7 COL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 1 17:57 4:30
Feb 3 CHI 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 0 0 17:07 2:44
Feb 1 at VAN 1 0 1 1 4 0 0 0 2 50.0 4 1 15:48 1:54
Jan 29 at CGY 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 0 1 13:59 0:48
Jan 27 at EDM 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 16:26 2:51
Jan 20 at DET 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 6 16.7 0 0 17:33 5:09
Jan 19 CLS 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 1 1 16:56 4:06
Jan 17 ARI 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 0 0 15:27 4:26
Jan 15 at BUF 1 1 2 0 2 1 1 0 8 12.5 0 0 16:38 5:00
Jan 13 at PIT 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 15:02 1:43
Jan 11 at CHI 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 15:03 1:48
Jan 10 NSH 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 0 0 21:15 6:31
Jan 8 CHI 0 1 1 -1 7 0 1 0 5 0.0 1 0 18:22 6:02
Jan 6 SJ 0 0 0 -1 4 0 0 0 5 0.0 0 0 18:26 2:47
Jan 3 at DAL 1 0 1 -3 0 1 0 0 4 25.0 0 0 16:35 4:15
Jan 2 TOR 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 0.0 0 0 14:22 2:14
Dec 31 at CLS 0 1 1 -1 0 0 1 0 1 0.0 1 0 16:17 3:48
Dec 29 at WPG 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.0 0 0 15:55 3:45
Dec 27 WPG 1 0 1 -1 0 1 0 0 3 33.3 2 0 15:47 4:05
Dec 23 PHI 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 0 0 17:22 3:04
Dec 20 NSH 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 3 33.3 1 0 17:26 2:12
Dec 17 BOS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 1 1 17:57 0:49
Dec 16 at CHI 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 33.3 1 1 16:02 2:05
Dec 13 at ARI 0 1 1 -2 0 0 1 0 4 0.0 0 1 18:25 1:17
Dec 11 at SJ 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 17:53 1:47
Dec 9 NYI 1 1 2 1 2 0 0 0 3 33.3 1 1 17:01 3:22
Dec 5 ANH 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 1 13:07 0:13
Dec 3 MON 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 0 16:49 6:13
Nov 29 STL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 17:53 7:05
Nov 28 at DAL 1 2 3 2 0 0 0 0 1 100.0 0 0 16:22 0:49
Nov 26 LA 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 18:38 2:40
Nov 24 at FLA 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 15:22 2:54
Nov 22 at TB 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 16:35 3:41
Nov 20 at PHI 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 1 0 19:01 5:45
Nov 16 WPG 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.0 2 0 13:28 4:10
Nov 15 at DAL 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 2 0 14:43 0:46
Nov 13 BUF 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 15:28 2:32
Nov 11 at NJ 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 0 0 15:36 4:05
Nov 8 at MON 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 0 0 17:04 2:16
Nov 6 at OTT 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 7 0.0 2 0 18:44 3:23
Nov 4 PIT 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 17:58 5:37
Nov 1 DAL 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 100.0 0 0 14:20 3:24
Oct 30 SJ 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 17:50 0:51
Oct 28 at BOS 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 13:29 2:12
Oct 27 at NYR 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 20:42 9:36
Oct 25 TB 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 15:36 0:54
Oct 23 ARI 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 18:12 4:20
Oct 19 at LA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 0 0 17:45 4:24
Oct 17 at ANH 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 7 0.0 0 0 17:56 2:58
Oct 11 at COL 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 2 0.0 0 0 13:37 5:06
Oct 9 COL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 0 0 15:38 2:59

Thomas Vanek: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Vanek gathered an assist and put three shots on goal in Friday's Game 5 win over the Blues.

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Vanek (undisclosed) will play Saturday against the Blues.

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Vanek will miss Thursday's game against the Predators due to an undisclosed "nagging" injury, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

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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.

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Vanek tallied a goal, two PIM, and went plus-2 in Saturday's 6-3 thumping of the Blues.

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Vanek tallied an assist in Tuesday's win over the Predators on Thursday.

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Vanek scored a pair of goals -- one on a power play -- Tuesday in a win over the Devils.

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Vanek (illness) will play Sunday against the Avs.

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Vanek (illness) will not play Friday against the Hurricanes.

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Vanek (lower body) is warming up and it appears he will play Wednesday against the Flames, Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun reports.

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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.

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Vanek missed Tuesday's practice due to a lower body injury but is expected to play Wednesday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014-15

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2013-14

Despite battling through injuries during the shortened season, Vanek re-established himself as an offensive force, posting 41 points in 38 games. He's notoriously streaky (last year's output included two five-point nights), so fantasy owners should always be on the lookout for a buy-low or sell-high opportunity. The 29-year old Austrian is entering the final season of a seven-year contract, and could be on the move with the Sabres seemingly in rebuild mode. If he stays in Buffalo, owners can expect a roller coaster ride that ultimately sees Vanek finish in the 30-goal, 65-point range.

2012-13

Vanek is a marquee name in Buffalo, but his inconsistency continues to frustrate fantasy owners. His 26 goals last year were his lowest total since posting 25 as a rookie in 2005-06, and he was once again prone to extended cold spells, including just eight goals from January to the end of the season. It's reasonable to expect a return to the 30-goal plateau, but with the offense in Buffalo beginning to spread, it would be unwise to reach too soon on draft day. Vanek remains a talented winger, but he has failed to crack 30 goals twice in the last three seasons since his 40-goal campaign in 2008-2009.

2011-12

Vanek is the out-and-out star of the Sabres, and last year he took on a strong leadership role for the first time since being in Buffalo. There may be a little reason for concern about an offensive regression from Vanek this year with playmaking linemate Tim Connolly now in Toronto, but even a bad season should still mean close to 30 goals and 35 to 40 assists.

2010-11

Vanek's production declined for the third consecutive year in 2009-10. The ex-Minnesota Golden Gopher is one of the most up-and-down players in the National Hockey League. He can get four goals in a game with ease, like he did against Ottawa last season, and then he will disappear for two weeks. Owners will always look for the Vanek from 2006-07, the one who scored 43 goals, but after the past three seasons, it's clear that Vanek is a guy who will get you 25 to 30 goals and hover around 60 points.

2009-10

If he's healthy, Vanek may be the superstar Buffalo needs this season to take the team to the playoffs. Despite facing a broken jaw last season, Vanek still managed to net 40 goals and 64 points in 73 games. Although he led the team in goals, his knack for scoring sometimes comes at the expense of his defense, which is why he was minus-1 on the season. He is best on the power play, scoring half of his goals in man advantage situations. Ā@

2008-09

Vanek is probably the biggest key to Buffaloís 2008-09 success. He underperformed last season in the first year of a massive seven-year, $50 million deal. Vanekís scoring output dropped from 43 goals, 84 points and a plus-47 rating in 2006-07 to 36 goals, 64 points and a minus-5 rating in 2007-08. The 24-year-old is extremely talented yet enigmatic. Vanek seemed to struggle last season under the pressure induced by a top-line role and his hefty contract, but now that he has had a full year to adjust, heís a good bounce-back candidate. Thereís a lot to like about Vanekís game; despite his underwhelming 2007-08 campaign, he still tied for 13th in the NHL in goals and he set a new career-high with 19 power-play markers. Somewhere in the 75-80 point range is a reasonable 2008-09 target.

2007-08

There is no doubt that Vanek is one of the leagueís best young wingers, but is he worth the seven years and $50 million that Buffalo anted up to avoid losing him to Edmonton? Skill-wise, yes, but there are reasons to doubt his likely near-term production. Part of what made Vanek so effective last year was the Sabresí offensive depth; he contributed 43 goals and 84 points from the third line. Vanek will be the Sabresí go-to guy this year and will receive lots of attention from opposing defensemen. On the plus side, heíll receive more ice time, especially on the power play. On the downside, Vanek will be hard-pressed to match last yearís numbers alongside a weaker supporting cast. Heís only a third-year player and his exponential rise from his rookie year seems too steep (from minus-11 to plus-47!). Vanek was benched in the 2005-06 postseason and he struggled in the playoffs last year, so he might not be ready for prime time.

2006-07

When you look at Vanekís final numbers last season, youíll say ďnot badĒ and possibly remark that 25 goals and 11 power play tallies arenít too shabby for a rookie. But he left a lot on the table, as Ruff is impatient with rookies -- especially ones who sometimes tend to forget about the south side of the ice. Vanek was benched for stretches or demoted to the fourth line on several occasions, and was almost non-existent in the playoffs. Heíll learn to improve those things that keep him in the coachís good graces moving forward, and the talent is most definitely there. Vanek is a must in any keeper league, and 30 goals could be in the very near future if you own him (remember he had 42 AHL goals the season prior to his 25-goal rookie campaign). Weíd be shocked if he didnít exceed last seasonís 48 points.

2005-06

Vanek was the first-round draft pick (fifth overall) of the Sabres in the June 2003 Entry Draft. He's a prospect who's ready to making the leap to the NHL after scoring 42 goals in his first full AHL season, and will probably be able to help the Sabres this season. With Miro Satan gone, he could be a fantasy sleeper in deep leagues, and should definitely be picked up in all keeper formats. His power-play potential seems to be his best skill.

2004-05

Vanek was the first-round draft pick (fifth overall) of the Sabres in the June 2003 Entry Draft. He's a prospect who's fairly close to making the leap to the NHL, and will probably be able to help the Sabres in a year or two. He'll spend the 2004-05 season between Rochester of the AHL and getting his feet wet with the Sabres. He's a good get in keeper leagues, however.