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Thomas Vanek
NUMBER: 26 BIRTHDATE: January 19, 1984  (AGE 31)
HEIGHT: 6' 2" BIRTHPLACE: Vienna, Austria
WEIGHT: 218 DRAFTED: BUF / 2003 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 1st   (5th overall)
2014-15 HIGHLIGHTS *T-2nd in NHL with 7 goals since 3/8 *11 points (7-4=11) in last 10 games...18 points (10-8=18) in last 21 games *2nd on team in scoring, 3rd in goals, 4th in assists and shots *Tallied goal vs. CGY (3/27) to reach 20-goal plateau for 10 straight season - 6th European to score 20 or more in first 10 seasons: Jagr, Sundin, Ovechkin, Kovalchuk, Selanne *Recorded 10 points (6-4=10) during team best 8-game point streak (3/8-3/23) *Notched goal for 600th career point at STL (3/14) *Tallied two goals (season high) and assist and +2 vs. CAR (2/14) *Notched 4 hits at VAN (2/1) - 2nd highest total in his career *Recorded 300th career assist on GWG at CGY (1/29) *Skated season high 21:15 vs. NSH (1/10) *Tallied two points (1-1=2) and season high 8 shots at BUF (1/15)...He has now scored against every NHL team *Played in 700th career NHL game at DAL (1/3) *Recorded season high three points (1-2=3) including game tying goal with 1:52 left at DAL (11/28) *Missed one game with illness (3/6)
USHL First All-Star Team (2002) USHL MVP (2002) WCHA All-Rookie Team (2003) WCHA Second All-Star Team (2003, 2004) WCHA Rookie of the Year (2003) NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (2003) NCAA Championship Tournament MVP (2003) NCAA West Second All-American Team (2004) AHL All-Rookie Team (2005) NHL Second All-Star Team (2007) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2009) Signed as a free agent by Graz (Austria), October 1, 2012. Traded to NY Islanders by Buffalo for Matt Moulson and NY Islanders' 1st and 2nd round choices in 2015 Entry Draft, October 27, 2013. Traded to Montreal by NY Islanders with NY Islanders' 5th round choice (Nikolas Koberstein) in 2014 Entry Draft for Sebastian Collberg and Montreal's 2nd round choice (later traded to Tampa Bay Tampa Bay selected Johnathan MacLeod) in 2014 Entry Draft, March 5, 2014. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, July 1, 2014.
Quote of the Day

He scores 50 goals, they go in, they go in, and they go in. And I think, 'Why can't I do that?'

— Capitals forward Brooks Laich on teammate Alex Ovechkin, who scored his 50th goal of the season Tuesday in a 4-2 win vs. the Hurricanes
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