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Thomas Vanek | Winger

Team: Minnesota Wild
Age / DOB:  (31) / 1/19/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 218
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Thomas Vanek had the only assist on Zach Parise's game winner in a 1-0 blanking of Calgary on Thursday night.
His 21st helper of the season was the 300th of his career. Vanek has 30 points in 48 games with the Wild, but the two-time 40-goal scorer has found the back of the net just nine times. Jan 30 - 10:56 AM

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Thomas Vanek had a goal and an assist in Tuesday's shootout loss to Detroit.

Both of his points came in the third period during Minnesota's comeback attempt. The Wild entered the third down 4-1 and they managed to force overtime before losing in the shootout. Vanek registered six shots versus the Red Wings and he now has 29 points in 46 games.
Jan 21 - 10:40 AM

Thomas Vanek had a goal and an assist against his ex-Buffalo teammates Thursday night.

He also posted a game-high eight shots on goal in the match, while the Sabres combined for just 18 shots. Vanek had no goals and one assist in his previous five games. He has generated eight markers and 27 points in 43 contests.
Jan 16 - 1:16 PM

Thomas Vanek isn't expected to be punished further for boarding Marcus Kruger during Thursday's game.

Vanek received a five-minute major for his actions. Kruger was forced to temporarily leave the contest, but he returned before its conclusion. The fact that Kruger wasn't seriously injured and Vanek's clean history were likely taken into account by the league when they considered this matter.
Jan 9 - 6:44 PM

The Minnesota Wild we're embarrassed by their performance in Saturday's 7-1 loss to Dallas.

"We just got dominated. Just completely outplayed," winger Thomas Vanek said. "We talked about it in here to come out with a little more energy, which I thought we would," Vanek said. "It was quick 2-0, then 3-0 and we were cheating in the offensive side to get back in the game. You look up and it’s 5-0." The Wild have lost seven of their last nine games.
Jan 4 - 9:52 AM

Thomas Vanek scored the Wild’s only goal in their 7-1 loss to the Stars on Saturday night.

Vanek scored at 15:16 of the second period, when the game was way out of hand at 5-1. The winger has underperformed in Minnesota, with seven goals and 24 points on the season, and just 71 shots on goal. Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise assisted on Vanek’s goal. Stu Bickel finished with a whopping 39 penalty minutes, while playing just 1:29.
Jan 3 - 11:14 PM

Thomas Vanek scored a goal in Minnesota's 6-5 overtime loss to Nashville.

Vanek scored in the final minute of the third period to send the game to overtime, but the Wild couldn't pick up the extra point. The 30-year-old also picked up an assist on Zach Parise's first period goal. Vanek has six points in his last six games, and has five goals and 20 points in 31 games overall this season.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 11:47:00 AM

Thomas Vanek found the back of the net for Minnesota in a 5-3 loss to the Blackhawks Tuesday night.

The goal was just the fourth of the season for Vanek, who has struggled mightily to find the scoresheet all year long. He has now recorded two goals and two assists in his last four contests so perhaps he's showing signs of life. Nino Niederreiter and Marco Scandella also scored for the Wild in the loss.
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 01:31:00 AM

Thomas Vanek scored a goal and added an assist for the Wild in Tuesday's come-from-behind 5-4 victory over the Islanders.

The season has been a massive struggle for Vanek so any signs of life are welcome to his fantasy owners, even if he has only netted three goals on the campaign. Jason Pominville, Mikko Koivu, Nino Niederreiter and Erik Haula also contributed goals for Minnesota in the win.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 12:45:00 AM

The Minnesota Wild are looking for more production from winger Thomas Vanek.

Vanek signed with the Wild last summer because that is where he made his off-season home. The sniper has just two goals this season, and coach Mike Yeo admitted to having a one-on-one conversation with Vanek. "This stuff that he’s trying to deal with, I don’t want to say it’s a huge distraction, but it’s got to be weighing on him," Yeo said. "There’s the fact that he came [back to Minnesota] and he’s putting pressure on himself, he’s been bouncing around from different lines, he’s off the top power play now, there’s a number of things that could lead to him not feeling good about his game." Vanek was skating on the team's top line with Mikael Granlund and Zach Parise at practice on Saturday.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 09:41:00 AM

Thomas Vanek skated with Mikael Granlund and Zach Parise on Minnesota's top line Saturday afternoon in practice.

Vanek had been dropped to Minny's third line. The Wild's latest big free agent signing has just two goals and 14 points through the first two months of the season.
Source: Chad Graff
Sat, Dec 6, 2014 07:47:00 PM

Thomas Vanek at one point had as much as $10 million in gambling debts, according to Joseph Ruff.

Ruff pleaded guilty of a money-laundering conspiracy, illegal gambling, and an extortion conspiracy. He broke up Vanek's losses in the context of money he was admitting having extorted from Vanek as partial payment for what Vanek owed. Agent Steve Bartlett, who represents Vanek, called the report a "complete fabrication."
Fri, Dec 5, 2014 06:52:00 PM

Wild coach Mike Yeo feels that Thomas Vanek did a much better job of playing the system and working on the finer details in his best game of the year on Friday.

Vanek generated a goal and two assists in the match in a 5-4 overtime win over Dallas. "We're going to support him, and we're going to keep getting him through," Yeo said. "This is a different conference he’s playing in. It's a different team, a different structure and system, and the way we play the game is very different than what he's been doing for a lot of years, so it's going to take some time." Vanek has two goals and 12 assists in 23 games this year.
Mon, Dec 1, 2014 12:42:00 PM

Thomas Vanek scored a goal and added two assists in Friday's 5-4 overtime win over Dallas.

Vanek's third period goal was his first in 12 games. The 30-year-old has put up disappointing numbers offensively this season. He has two goals and 14 points in 22 games this season. Nino Niederreiter, Jason Zucker, Mikael Granlund and Marco Scandella also scored for the Wild.
Sat, Nov 29, 2014 12:19:00 AM

The Minnesota Wild played their first game without concussed star Zach Parise and it wasn't pretty, as Thomas Vanek and the offense were shut out in a 3-0 loss to Ottawa.

Vanek, who has just one goal so far this season, played his first game on a new line with Mikael Granlund and Jason Pominville. Vanek does have seven assists though this season, so his output is decent at eight points in 12 games.
Thu, Nov 6, 2014 10:26:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Mikko Koivu
2Mikael Granlund
3Erik Haula
4Kyle Brodziak
5Ryan Carter
6Brett Sutter
LW1Zach Parise
2Jason Zucker
3Matt Cooke
4Justin Fontaine
RW1Jason Pominville
2Thomas Vanek
3Nino Niederreiter
4Charlie Coyle
D1Ryan Suter
2Jonas Brodin
3Jared Spurgeon
4Marco Scandella
5Keith Ballard
6Matt Dumba
7Christian Folin
8Nate Prosser
G1Niklas Backstrom
2Devan Dubnyk