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THOMAS VANEK  Austria

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BIRTHYEAR 1984-01-19 BIRTHPLACEBaden, AUT
AGE 31 NATION Austria
POSITION LW/RW SHOOTS R
HEIGHT 188 cm / 6'2" WEIGHT 99 kg / 218 lbs
YOUTH TEAM EK Zell am See CONTRACT 16/17
NHL DRAFT 2003 round 1 #5 overall by Buffalo Sabres
CAP HIT $6,500,000
SOCIAL twitter  


Brother-in-law: Josef Vasicek

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CAREER STATISTICS Use/Embed statistics RSS feed
 SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A TP PIM +/-      POST GP G A TP PIM +/- 
 1999-00 Rochester Jr. Americans NAHL 14 6 4108 |            
  Sioux Falls Stampede USHL 35 15 183312 | Playoffs 3 0 110  
 2000-01 Sioux Falls Stampede USHL 20 19 102915 | Playoffs 8 5 492  
 2001-02 Sioux Falls Stampede USHL 53 46 459154 | Playoffs 3 0 009  
  Austria U20 WJC-20 D1 5 5 6112 5 |            
 2002-03 Univ. of Minnesota NCAA 45 31 316260 |            
  Austria U20 WJC-20 D1 5 9 41310 5 |            
 2003-04 Univ. of Minnesota NCAA 38 26 255172 |            
  Austria U20 WJC-20 6 3 1437 -8 |            
  Austria WC 6 2 570 2 |            
 2004-05 Rochester Americans AHL 74 42 266862 -3 | Playoffs 5 2 3510
  Austria OGQ 3 1 010 -1 |            
 2005-06 Buffalo Sabres NHL 81 25 234872 -11 | Playoffs 10 2 026 -1 
 2006-07 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 43 418440 47 | Playoffs 16 6 41010
 2007-08 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 36 286464 -5 |            
  Austria WC D1 5 5 5106 2 |            
  Austria (all) International 5 5 5106 |            
 2008-09 Buffalo Sabres NHL 73 40 246444 -1 |            
  Austria WC 6 1 342 -1 |            
  Austria (all) International 6 1 342 |            
 2009-10 Buffalo Sabres NHL 71 28 255342 9 | Playoffs 3 2 132
 2010-11 Buffalo Sabres NHL 80 32 417324 2 | Playoffs 7 5 050 -7 
 2011-12 Buffalo Sabres  NHL 78 26 356152 -6 |            
 2012-13 Graz 99ers  Austria 11 5 10154 -3 |            
  Buffalo Sabres  NHL 38 20 214120 -1 |            
  Austria  WC 7 4 262 -2 |            
  Austria (all)  International 7 4 262 -2 |            
 2013-14 Buffalo Sabres  NHL 13 4 594 -5 |            
  New York Islanders NHL 47 17 274434 4 |            
  Montréal Canadiens NHL 18 6 9158 8 | Playoffs 17 5 5104 -4 
  Austria  OG 4 0 114 -4 |            
  Austria (all) International 4 0 114 -4 |            
 2014-15  Minnesota Wild NHL 80 21 315237 -6 | Playoffs 10 0 442 -7 
 2015-16 Minnesota Wild NHL - - --- |            



CAREER TOTALS
  GP G A TP PPG PIM  +/-    GP G A TP PPG PIM  +/- 
  Regular Season   Postseason
  AHL: 74 42 26 68 0.92 62  -3  | 5 2 3 5 1.00 10 
  Austria: 11 5 10 15 1.36 -3  |    
  International: 22 10 11 21 0.95 14  -6  |    
  NAHL: 14 6 4 10 0.71 |    
  NCAA: 83 57 56 113 1.36 132  |    
  NHL: 743 298 310 608 0.82 441  35  | 63 20 14 34 0.54 24  -16 
  OG: 4 0 1 1 0.25 -4  |    
  OGQ: 3 1 0 1 0.33 -1  |    
  USHL: 108 80 73 153 1.42 81  | 14 5 5 10 0.71 11 
  WC: 19 7 10 17 0.89 -1  |    
  WC D1: 5 5 5 10 2.00 |    
  WJC-20: 6 3 1 4 0.67 37  -8  |    
  WJC-20 D1: 10 14 10 24 2.40 12  10  |    



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
SEASON AWARDS BY SEASON
2001-2002 U20 WJC (D1) Silver Medal
  U20 WJC (D1|A) Best Forward
  USHL First All-Star Team
  USHL Most Goals (46)
  USHL Most Points (91)
2002-2003 NCAA (Championship) Winner
  NCAA (WCHA) Champion
  NCAA (WCHA) Rookie of the Year
  U20 WJC (D1|B) Gold Medal
  U20 WJC (D1|B) Most Goals (9)
2003-2004 NCAA (WCHA) Champion
  NCAA (West) Second All-American Team
2004-2005 AHL All-Rookie Team
  AHL Player of the Week (Apr. 17)
  AHL Player of the Week (Nov. 28)
2006-2007 NHL Best Plus/Minus (Bud Light Trophy) (+47)
2007-2008 World Championship (D1|A) All-Star Team
  World Championship (D1|A) Gold Medal
  World Championship (D1|A) Most Goals (5)
2008-2009 NHL All-Star Game
2012-2013 World Championship Top 3 Player on Team
 AWARDS BY LEAGUE
- AHL All-Rookie Team 04/05
- AHL Player of the Week 04/05, 04/05
- NCAA (Championship) Winner 02/03
- NCAA (WCHA) Champion 02/03, 03/04
- NCAA (WCHA) Rookie of the Year 02/03
- NCAA (West) Second All-American Team 03/04
- NHL All-Star Game 08/09
- NHL Best Plus/Minus (Bud Light Trophy) 06/07
- U20 WJC (D1) Silver Medal 01/02
- U20 WJC (D1|A) Best Forward 01/02
- U20 WJC (D1|B) Gold Medal 02/03
- U20 WJC (D1|B) Most Goals 02/03
- USHL First All-Star Team 01/02
- USHL Most Goals 01/02
- USHL Most Points 01/02
- World Championship (D1|A) All-Star Team 07/08
- World Championship (D1|A) Gold Medal 07/08
- World Championship (D1|A) Most Goals 07/08
- World Championship Top 3 Player on Team 12/13



TRANSACTIONS
DATE STATUS FROM TO SOURCE  
07/01/2014 Confirmed Montréal Canadiens Minnesota Wild 3 years 
03/05/2014 Confirmed New York Islanders Montréal Canadiens Traded 
10/27/2013 Confirmed Buffalo Sabres New York Islanders Traded 
10/01/2012 Confirmed Buffalo Sabres Graz 99ers NHL lockout contract 


PLAYER BIOGRAPHY AND TRIVIA
 
- Drafted 2001, round 1 #25 overall by Brandon Wheat Kings in the CHL Import Draft
 
Cult/Star player for Sioux Falls Stampede
Cult/Star player for Buffalo Sabres
 
Career transactions
- 2014-03-05 • Traded to the Montréal Canadiens for Sebastian Collberg and a conditional 2nd-round draft pick.
- 2013-10-27 • Traded to the New York Islanders for Matt Moulson and a 2014 1st and 2015 2nd-round NHL draft pick.

Memorable dates and notes
- 2004-04-15 • Debut for Team Austria (1:2 vs. Germany in Ravensburg, GER)
- 2003-04-12 • Scored the GWG against New Hampshire in the National-Championship-Game at the NCAA-FrozenFour.
- He has Czech and Slovak parents. His father Zdeněk Vaněk (born in Hradec Králové) was a proffesional ice-hockey player as well. His mother Jarmila Vaňková is Slovak. They moved from Czechoslovakia two years before Thomas was born.