Thomas Vanek#26 • LW
- Status: Lower body injury, injured reserve
- Height: 6'2
- Weight: 214 lbs.
- Shoots: R
- Experience: 13 years
- Birthdate: Jan 19, 1984
- 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.|
|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|