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Thomas Vanek
NUMBER: 26 BIRTHDATE: January 19, 1984  (AGE 30)
HEIGHT: 6' 0" BIRTHPLACE: Vienna, Austria
WEIGHT: 217 DRAFTED: BUF / 2003 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 1st   (5th overall)

Acquired on March 5 from NYI with a conditional 5th round draft pick in 2014, in return for Sebastian Collberg and a conditional 2nd round draft pick in 2014… Played his 1st career game with the Canadiens on March 6 at PHX… Recorded his 1st career point (assist) with the Canadiens on March 12 vs. BOS… Scored his 1st career goal and hat trick with the Canadiens on March 18 vs. COL… Totaled 3 points (1-2-3), 6 shots and a +3 differential on March 27 at DET… Recorded 2 points (1-1-2) and a +3 differential on March 29 at FLA… Led the team in March in powerplay goals (2) and differential (+6, tied with D. Desharnais and M. Pacioretty)… Tied a personal-high with 3 assists on April at OTT… Led the team in April with 4 assists… Played his 1st career playoff game with the Canadiens, recording 1 goal on 7 shots, on April 16 at TBL… Tallied 2 goals on May 3 at BOS and on May 12 vs. BOS…

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.
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Not only is it a great idea, but if you don't [start using analytics] you're going to fall behind. You have to be on the cutting edge. It was [Arizona Coyotes assistant general manager] Darcy Regier who said, 'If you didn't invent it, you have to be the second- or third-best copier, because if you're fourth or fifth you've got no chance.'

— Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock on his interest in advanced statistical analysis