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Thomas Vanek

30-Year-Old Left Wing – Minnesota Wild

2014-15 NHL Stats

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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: 205   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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Vanek (finger) was on the ice for practice Tuesday, Rachel Blount of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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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 4 0 1 1 0 2 13 0.0 0 0 16:14 0 0 0 3:52 0 0
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Time On Ice Stats

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Average Time On Ice in 2014-15

During an average game, Thomas Vanek was on the ice for 16:14.

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Average Power Play Time On Ice in 2014-15

During an average game, Thomas Vanek was on the ice for 3:52 during power plays.

Year Ice Time Power Play Ice Time
2013-14 18:11 6:49
2013-14 20:00 4:03
2014-15 16:14 3:52

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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
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 felt fine following Sunday's game despite being struck on the thumb by a puck, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

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Vanek was hit with a puck and suffered a thumb injury Sunday, Michael Russo of the Star Tribune reports.

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Vanek (general soreness) has played in each of the Wild's last two preseason contests.

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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.

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Vanek scored a power-play goal in Thursday's exhibition loss to Pittsburgh.

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Vanek made an appearance at the courthouse in Rochester on Monday in connection to a gambling investigation, News 10 NBC in Rochester reports.

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Vanek has signed a three-year, $19.5 million deal with the Wild, according to Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

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Vanek will meet with Wild head coach Mike Yeo on Monday in Minnesota, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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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 donít get the impression the Wildís willing to sign him to a long-term deal anymore," stated Russo.

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Vanek scored two goals in Monday's Game 6 win over the Bruins.

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Vanek registered two power-play goals in Montreal's 5-3 loss at Boston on Saturday afternoon.

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Vanek assisted on a third period goal in Montreal's 3-2 overtime loss to Chicago on Wednesday.

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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.