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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 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

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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

Thomas Vanek scored twice and added an assist in the Wild’s 6-3 win over the Hurricanes on Saturday night.

Vanek scored the game’s first goals seven minutes a part in the first period, and he assisted on Nate Prosser’s second-period marker. Even after a great performance like this, the Austrian winger has been a disappointment in Minnesota, with only 12 goals and 36 points. Jordan Schroeder, Erik Haula and Zach Parise got the other goals for the Wild. Justin Fontaine, Mikael Granlund and Jared Spurgeon registered two assists apiece.
Feb 14 - 11:09 PM

Thomas Vanek scored a goal in Minnesota's 4-2 win over Vancouver.

Vanek's third period goal gave the Wild a 3-0 lead, but Vancouver quickly answered with two goals in just over a minute. The 31-year-old has always been a streaky scorer so it's probably good news that he has four points in his last four games. He has 10 goals and 31 points in 41 games with Minnesota this season. Zach Parise, Jared Spurgeon and Jason Zucker also scored for the Wild.
Feb 1 - 5:40 PM

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

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

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
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