Minnesota Wild

 
Thomas Vanek
current status: In training camp
Birth Date:January 19, 1984 (30 years old)
Place of Birth:Vienna, AUT
Shoots:R
Experience:9 years
Drafted:Drafted by Buffalo in 2003 (1/5).
Acquired:Acquired as a free agent in 2014.
Season Stats
GP G A Pts +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG TOI S PtsPG
YTD 78 27 41 68 7 46 8 0 4 19:21 248 0.87
Playoffs 17 5 5 10 -4 4 3 0 0 14:52 28 0.59
Scouting Report
Assets: Is a natural goal-scorer, with plenty of size to fight through traffic and battle against big NHL defensemen in front of the net. A superior shot tipper, he owns the hands of a true sniper, and is usually in the right place at the right time. Can really shoot the biscuit. Passes well, too.
Flaws: Isn't a great skater, so he tends to struggle when his positioning leaves him. Could stand to play a more abrasive game, which could provide him with more space on the ice, but that's simply not his style (and never will be). Takes a lot of abuse in front of the net, so he can wear down.
Career Potential: Natural, big veteran scoring winger.
Career Honors & Awards
League Honor Description
NHL Plus/Minus Leader 2006-07
NHL Second All-Star Team 2006-07
NHL Played in the NHL YoungStars Game 2006-07
NHL Named to play in the NHL All-Star Game 2008-09
AHL All-Rookie Team 2004-05
WCHA Rookie of the Year 2002-03
NCAA Frozen Four Tournament MVP 2002-03
WCHA Second All-Star Team 2003-04
NCAA West Second All-American Team 2003-04
NCAA Frozen Four All-Tournament Team 2002-03
USHL Leading Scorer 2001-02
USHL First All-Star Team 2001-02
USHL All-Star Game MVP 2001-02

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