Thomas Vanek#26 • RW
- Status: Off season
- Height: 6'2
- Weight: 214 lbs.
- Shoots: R
- Experience: 13 years
- Birthdate: Jan 19, 1984 (35 years)
- Birthplace: Vienna, AUT
- Drafted: Drafted by Buffalo in 2003 (1/5).
- Acquired: Acquired as a free agent in 2018.
|Is a natural goal-scorer with plenty of size who can do a lot of damage 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. Can also line up on either side of center. Is not 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 is simply not his style (and never will be). Takes a few too many shifts off at this point in his career.|
|Long Range Potential:|
|Veteran scoring winger in decline.|
|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|
|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||First All-Star Team||2001-02|
|USHL||All-Star Game MVP||2001-02|