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Thomas Vanek • #26 • LW
Status:Unrestricted Free Agent (Group III)
Ht/Wt:6'2", 214 lbs.
Born:Jan 19, 1984 (36 yrs) in Vienna, AUT
Experience:14 years
Drafted:Drafted by Buffalo in 2003 (1/5).
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Scouting Report
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.
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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