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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 *5 points shy of 600 *3rd on team in scoring, 4th in assists, T-4th in goals *Seven points (3-4=7) in last 10 games *Recorded goal and skated 20:51 vs. EDM (2/24) - 2nd highest TOI this season *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) *Had a 3-game point streak (1-3=4, 10/28-11/1) *Recorded first multi-point game of season with two assists vs. TB (10/25)
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.
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It's something that you don't really envision starting this way, but when you put the work in you don't feel like it's unwarranted. You definitely don't envision it unfolding this way, but you do think you can be successful at this level.

— Senators goalie Andrew Hammond, who defeated the Jets on Wednesday to improve to 6-0-1 since making his first NHL start on Feb. 18