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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 surgery in Philadelphia last week for a sports hernia.
"It bothered him for a lot of the second half," GM Chuck Fletcher said. "We gave it some rest, but it didn't seem to be getting better, so we opted for the surgical route. We expect him to be 100 percent by training camp." The typical recovery timetable for his injury is about six weeks. Vanek recorded no goals and four assists in 10 playoff games after he had 21 goals and 52 points in 80 matches during the regular season. Jun 8 - 3:07 PM

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Not only did Thomas Vanek not score in 10 playoff games this season, he has not bulged the twine in his last 17 post-season contests.

Over that span Vanek is a minus 11 player. It seems Vanek is the anti-Patrick Kane when it comes to the playoffs. Not what the city of Minnesota was hoping for when the team dished out a three-year $19.5 million contract.
May 9 - 11:21 AM

Thomas Vanek wasn't able to find the back of the net in Minnesota's 10-game playoff run.

The Wild were swept in four games by the Chicago Blackhawks. "I tried staying positive because I knew I just needed one to get me going," Vanek said. "I didn't find that one and that's on me. I let them down." Vanek had 21 goals and 52 points in 80 contests during the regular season. It was the first campaign of his three-year, $19.5 million contract.
May 8 - 10:39 AM

Thomas Vanek was moved to a line with Kyle Brodziak and Nino Niederreiter at Thursday's morning skate.

Coach Mike Yeo said he wanted two guys with good, "work ethics" to play with Vanek, which can be viewed as a subtle jab. Vanek's effort level has been called into question this postseason, which makes his nine-game goalless drought that much more visible.
May 7 - 1:43 PM

Thomas Vanek thinks the Wild have deviated too much from their game in their second round series against Chicago.

"You don't beat teams by playing their way, especially not Chicago," Vanek said. "If you play their way, it will look like we did [Sunday] night. We have to find our game here quickly, and I'm sure we will." The Wild are set to play in Game 3 on Tuesday. It's a vital contest for them as Chicago already has a 2-0 series lead. The silver lining is that the Wild are back in Minnesota so they'll have the luxury of home ice.
May 5 - 10:32 AM

Thomas Vanek picked up two more assists Friday's 4-3 Game One loss to Chicago.

Vanek's assists were pretty to watch as he displayed a mixture of veteran offensive awareness and a flash of his old silky mitts. With three shots and hits, along with a block and a takeaway over 16:19 of work, we may be seeing a turnaround in Vanek's overall play this postseason. He now has four assists, but no goals, in seven games thus far.
May 2 - 1:14 AM

Thomas Vanek produced two assists and 10 shots in six games St. Louis in the opening round.

"You want to be a difference-maker this time of year," Vanek said. "The St. Louis series was tough. There wasn't much there. ... Chicago is two-time Stanley Cup champs. To me, they're still the best team in the league. For us, it's a tough task, but I think we're up for it." He is hoping to contribute more offensively in Round 2.
Apr 30 - 12:59 PM

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]."

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."
Source: NHL.com
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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Mikko Koivu
2Mikael Granlund
3Charlie Coyle
4Kyle Brodziak
5Jordan Schroeder
LW1Zach Parise
2Sean Bergenheim
3Erik Haula
4Justin Fontaine
5Jason Zucker
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