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Thomas Vanek | Winger | #26

Team: Columbus Blue Jackets
Age / DOB:  (34) / 1/19/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 214
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 1 (5) / BUF
Contract: view contract details

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Columbus GM Jarkko Kekalainen says he was very pleased with the play of Thomas Vanek since he was acquired at the trade deadline from Vancouver.
The Blue Jackets needed to get some scoring at the deadline and settled on Vanek, giving up little in the way of Tyler Motte and Jussi Jokinen. "I think Thomas Vanek did a great job for us, as far as adding some scoring ... we needed another NHL veteran to (put) into the lineup, rather than going to the inexperienced guys we had on our depth chart there, further and further down," Kekalainen said. "He did the job that we expected him to do when we traded for him, and we’re extremely grateful for that, appreciative, and I told him that." Vanek had seven goals and 15 points in 19 games with Columbus, giving the Jackets the extra scoring they were looking for down the stretch. Vanek is a UFA and should hit the open market on July 1. May 7 - 6:23 AM

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Thomas Vanek scored a goal and picked up an assist in a 4-3 overtime win in Game 1 over the Washington Capitals.

Vanek was parked in front of the net when he redirected Pierre-Luc Dubois' pass 1:31 into the final period to tie up the game. The Capitals were then able to pull ahead again before Seth Jones forced overtime with under five minutes left in regulation. Vanek was acquired at the trade deadline for Jussi Jokinen and Tyler Motte and has proven to be a steal for the Blue Jackets.
Apr 12 - 11:00 PM

Thomas Vanek scored three goals while adding an assist and a plus-3 rating in Tuesday's 7-3 victory in Edmonton.

Vanek has 11 career hat tricks, fifth among all active NHL players. He has racked up seven goals with 13 points and a plus-12 rating in 14 games since being acquired from the Vancouver Canucks. He is now up to 24 goals with 54 points in 75 games with Vancouver and Columbus this season, his most total points since registering 61 points during the 2011-12 season with the Buffalo Sabres.
Mar 28 - 1:43 AM

Thomas Vanek has been a valued member of the Blue Jackets second line since the trade from Vancouver at the deadline.

The forward struggled a bit early with Columbus but has fit in so well with Alexander Wennberg and Boone Jenner to give the Blue Jackets two strong lines offensively. Going into Saturday's game, the Blue Jackets were on a 10-game win streak and the trio had combined for 11 goals and 27 points with each player picking up nine points. In addition, the trio were a combined plus-28. Vanek has 21 goals and 50 points this season in 74 games.
Mar 25 - 7:34 AM

Thomas Vanek has been traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

This looks to be strictly a rental as the Canucks will get Tyler Motte and Jussi Jokinen in return. Vanek will definitely help out the woeful Columbus power play and see top-six minutes in five-on-five situations. Vanek has 17 goals and 41 points this season in 61 games and was a healthy scratch Sunday as the Canucks did not want to ruin a trade if he got hurt. He is worth picking up in deeper pools at this time.
Feb 26 - 2:50 PM

The Canucks will hold Thomas Vanek out of the lineup for Sunday's game against Arizona.

Vanek has 17 goals and 41 points in 61 games this season, a compelling stat line for teams in the playoff hunt. Look for the 34-year-old to be moved sometime before Monday's 3:00 p.m. ET trade deadline.
Feb 25 - 7:38 PM

Thomas Vanek scored his 15th goal of the season Saturday.

Vanek is having quite a nice season with 37 points in 52 games and it would not be surprising at all if a playoff bound team is interested in him at the trade deadline. The talented Austrian is 34 but is having his best season since 2013-14 when he had 68 points for three different teams in his contract year.
Feb 4 - 9:57 AM

Thomas Vanek and the Vancouver Canucks were held scoreless in a 4-0 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night.

Vanek had three points on Tuesday night, but he couldn't get anything going on Thursday, as the Canucks were held scoreless by the lowly Buffalo Sabres. He has tallied 14 goals and 35 points in 48 games this season.
Jan 26 - 12:50 AM

Thomas Vanek picked up a goal with two assists and a plus-3 rating in Tuesday's 6-2 victory against Los Angeles.

Vanek has posted multi-point efforts in four of his past 14 contests, totaling seven goals and 10 assists during the impressive span. He also has seven scoreless games during the run, so he has been rather boom or bust lately. But he remains one of the few must-start fantasy options on the Vancouver roster.
Jan 24 - 1:45 AM

Thomas Vanek scored his 13th goal of the season in Sunday's overtime win against Minnesota.

Vanek now has 13 goals and 32 points in 45 games this season. The 33-year-old has a minus-15 rating this season, but now has three points in his last two games. Vanek scored the tying goal late in the third period to help Vancouver scrape out the road victory.
Jan 14 - 10:55 PM

Thomas Vanek picked up a pair of assists in Friday's 5-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Both of Vanek's assists came while the Canucks were on the power play. He notched the primary helper on Sven Baertschi's goal that tied the game at one and he also helped set up Brendan Gaunce's marker to make it 3-2 for the Canucks. Vanek finished the game with a minus-1 rating and four shots on goal in 13:39 of ice time. The veteran now has 12 goals and 31 points in 44 games with the Canucks this season.
Jan 12 - 9:51 PM

Thomas Vanek had a hand in all five goals scored by the Vancouver Canucks in a 5-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night.

Vanek scored two goals and assisted on three others, one from Brock Boeser and two from Sam Gagner in the 5-2 win. Vanek now has 12 goals and 28 points in 38 games this season.
Fri, Dec 29, 2017 12:44:00 AM

Thomas Vanek scored his first hat-trick in three years in a 7-5 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.

Thomas Vanek hadn't recorded a point in six games prior to Tuesday. He exploded for his first hat-trick since Mar. 18, 2014, when he was a member of the Montreal Canadiens. The Canucks also got goals from Daniel Sedin and Brock Boeser in the loss. Vanek now has 10 goals and 21 points in 35 games this season.
Wed, Dec 20, 2017 01:19:00 AM

If you are looking for one Vancouver player to do well against Toronto Saturday night, consider Thomas Vanek.

Vanek has killed the Maple Leafs over his career. In 58 games against Toronto, Vanek has registered 57 points. Just thought you should know.
Sat, Dec 2, 2017 02:40:00 PM

Thomas Vanek has amassed 10 points in the last 11 games.

Vanek has generated one goal and nine assists during that span and he had a five-game point streak from Nov. 14-Nov. 22. The 33-year-old veteran has 16 points in 24 contests this year.
Tue, Nov 28, 2017 03:13:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Alexander Wennberg
2Nick Foligno
3Brandon Dubinsky
4Mark Letestu
5Lukas Sedlak
6Alex Broadhurst
LW1Artemi Panarin
2Pierre-Luc Dubois
3Boone Jenner
4Matt Calvert
5Markus Hannikainen
6Eric Robinson
RW1Cam Atkinson
2Josh Anderson
3Thomas Vanek
4Oliver Bjorkstrand
5Sonny Milano
D1Zach Werenski
2Seth Jones
3Jack Johnson
4David Savard
5Ryan Murray
6Ian Cole
7Taylor Chorney
8Scott Harrington
9Dean Kukan
10Markus Nutivaara
G1Sergei Bobrovsky
2Joonas Korpisalo
3Jeff Zatkoff