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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 is still looking for his first goal of the playoffs with Game 5 against St. Louis set for Friday night.
Charlie Coyle hasn't produced a goal yet in the postseason either and his other linemate, Nino Niederreiter, only has an empty netter. "Overall, I think we're building," Vanek said. "[In Game 4], we didn't build at all, but we haven't had the bounces that we want to. The three of us, we talk a lot. We know we can be better, and we'll be better [Friday]." Apr 24 - 11:12 AM

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Thomas Vanek will not play in Thursday's game against Nashville.

The Wild could fight for better playoff seeding but they will opt to give some of their key players some added rest. Minnesota will also sit Zach Parise, Nino Niederreiter and Devan Dubnyk in this game.
Apr 9 - 8:02 PM

Thomas Vanek will probably get Thursday's game off.

Minnesota has already secured a postseason berth, so this is an opportunity for the Wild to rest Vanek. It also frees up a spot for Matt Cooke, who is returning from a groin injury. Vanek has 21 goals and 51 points in 79 games in 2014-15.
Apr 9 - 12:55 PM

Thomas Vanek is tied for Minnesota's goal scoring lead since the All-Star break with 11 markers.

He's also tied with Mikko Koivu for second the team with 21 points over that time. Vanek has 20 goals and 50 points in 75 games this season.
Mar 31 - 1:43 PM

Thomas Vanek was reinstated to Minnesota's top power-play unit on Thursday at practice.

"He's been performing. He's playing really good," said coach Mike Yeo. "Those guys have had success. We tried switching things up, and we didn't create a whole lot off of that. So we'll go back to this." Vanek joins Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu, Ryan Suter and Jason Pominville on the first combination. His eight-game point streak ended on Tuesday against the Islanders, but he registered four shots on goal. Vanek has 19 goals and 49 points in 73 contests this campaign.
Mar 26 - 6:23 PM

Thomas Vanek revealed that he likely would have re-signed with the New York Islanders if they weren't moving to Brooklyn.

The Islanders acquired Vanek during the 2013-14 campaign and he gelled on a line with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo. The Islanders were very interested in retaining Vanek's services, but he rejected their offer and they consequently cut their losses by trading him away. "It was close in February [2014] and I thought about it long and hard," Vanek said. "There was two factors; I made a choice that I really wanted to go to free agency. But after being here for a while I loved it here. The one thing I didn't like was the move to Brooklyn. I think if the rink would have been built here, it should be here on the island. There was probably a good chance I still would be here."
Mar 24 - 4:40 PM

Thomas Vanek recorded an assist and the eventual game-winning goal in Monday's 2-1 win over the Maple Leafs.

Vanek collected an assist when Charlie Coyle put home his rebound to open the scoring late in the first. Vanek's goal was a bit fortunate as he just barely beat Jonathan Bernier off a Ryan Suter drop-pass. Vanek now has an eight game point scoring streak, with six goals and 11 points over that time. He has 19 goals and 49 points for the season.
Mar 24 - 12:48 AM

Thomas Vanek extended his point streak to seven games during Saturday's win over St. Louis.

Vanek got off to a slow start this season but he seems to have turned it on down the stretch. The Wild's third line of Vanek, Charlie Coyle and Justin Fontaine was particularly dominant against the Blues. The 31-year-old now has five goals and three assists during his streak. Even with this recent offensive surge, he is still on pace to finish the season with just 21 goals and 54 points.
Mar 22 - 9:53 AM

Thomas Vanek netted a goal for the Wild in their 3-1 win over the Blues on Saturday night.

The Blues outshot the Wild 42-19, so Minnesota had no business winning this game. Vanek scored the first of three unanswered goals for Minnesota, which scored two goals in 17 seconds in the third period. Nino Niederreiter got the game winner, while Kyle Brodziak tallied the insurance marker. Vanek has points in four games in a row, with four goals in that span. On the year, he has 17 goals and 44 points.
Mar 14 - 11:01 PM

Thomas Vanek recorded a pair of goals for the Wild in a 6-2 throttling of the New Jersey Devils Tuesday night.

Vanek's 16 markers fall well short of what his fantasy owners were expecting prior to the season, but the veteran winger has now scored three times in his last two contests. Jason Pominville, Jared Spurgeon, Chris Stewart and Sean Bergenheim all tallied for Minnesota in the blowout win.

Thomas Vanek will return to the Wild's lineup on the third line with Charlie Coyle versus the Avalanche on Sunday evening.

Vanek has had a disappointing season for Minnesota, scoring just 13 goals and recording 39 points through 64 games this season.
Mar 8 - 5:47 PM

Thomas Vanek will be held out of Friday's tilt with Carolina due to sickness. Nino Niederreiter will take his place.

What ails the veteran winger Vanek is not yet known, but it isn't considered serious. Niederreiter, who missed Thursday's tilt with Washington with a lower body injury, will take his place on the second line to the left of Mikko Koivu and Chris Stewart. Niederreiter ranks second on the team in goals with 21, and has 30 points through 63 games this season.

Thomas Vanek was the lone goal scorer for Minnesota Tuesday as they dropped a 2-1 decision to the Oilers.

Vanek's 13th of the campaign snapped a personal four game pointless drought and brings his season total to 39 points, which is a disappointing number for the fantasy owners who used a mid-round pick on him. Jordan Schroeder and Charlie Coyle drew helpers on the tally.
Feb 25 - 12:13 AM

Thomas Vanek (lower body injury) is in the lineup Wednesday night in Calgary.

Vanek is dealing with a lower body injury but is healthy enough to dress for Wednesday night’s game. It’s been an up-and-down year for the 31-year-old veteran but he’s still put up 12 goals and 36 points in 56 games this season, making him valuable in most fantasy leagues. Michael Keranen will have to wait to make his NHL debut as he was going to fill in for Vanek if he was unable to play.
Feb 18 - 9:14 PM

Thomas Vanek (lower body) took part in Wednesday's morning skate.

Coach Mike Yeo will talk to Vanek before the game, but he expects him to play. If he can't play then Michael Keranen could make his NHL debut in Vanek's place. He has been dealing with a lower-body ailment. We'll keep him as active for now.
Feb 18 - 2:15 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Mikko Koivu
2Mikael Granlund
3Charlie Coyle
4Kyle Brodziak
5Jordan Schroeder
LW1Zach Parise
2Sean Bergenheim
3Erik Haula
4Justin Fontaine
5Jason Zucker
6Matt Cooke
RW1Jason Pominville
2Thomas Vanek
3Chris Stewart
4Nino Niederreiter
5Ryan Carter
D1Ryan Suter
2Jonas Brodin
3Jared Spurgeon
4Marco Scandella
5Keith Ballard
6Matt Dumba
7Jordan Leopold
8Christian Folin
9Nate Prosser
G1Devan Dubnyk
2Darcy Kuemper
3Niklas Backstrom