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Thomas Vanek
Thomas Vanek
Left Wing
Number: 26
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 218
Shoots: Right
Born: Jan 19, 1984  (Age 30)
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
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Drafted: BUF / 2003 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (5th overall)

Acquired on March 5 from NYI with a conditional 5th round draft pick in 2014, in return for Sebastian Collberg and a conditional 2nd round draft pick in 2014… Played his 1st career game with the Canadiens on March 6 at PHX… Recorded his 1st career point (assist) with the Canadiens on March 12 vs. BOS… Scored his 1st career goal and hat trick with the Canadiens on March 18 vs. COL… Totaled 3 points (1-2-3), 6 shots and a +3 differential on March 27 at DET… Recorded 2 points (1-1-2) and a +3 differential on March 29 at FLA… Led the team in March in powerplay goals (2) and differential (+6, tied with D. Desharnais and M. Pacioretty)… Tied a personal-high with 3 assists on April at OTT… Led the team in April with 4 assists… Played his 1st career playoff game with the Canadiens, recording 1 goal on 7 shots, on April 16 at TBL… Tallied 2 goals on May 3 at BOS and on May 12 vs. BOS…

2008-09: Games missed due to injury: Nine jaw (2/11-3/4) ... Multi-point games: 17 ... League leader with 20 power play goals ... Scored 200th career point (goal) @ NYR (10/15) ... Recorded 100th career NHL assist @ TOR (1/1) ... Played in 300th career NHL game vs. MTL (3/4) ... Appeared in first NHL All-Star game ... NHL First Star of the Week for the period of 10/13-10/19 ... NHL Third Star of the Week for the period of 12/8-12/14 ... Third-straight 30-goal season ... Sabres leading goal scorer for third-straight season ... Scored the fifth career hat trick vs. TOR (2/4), the hat trick was his fourth-straight natural hat trick, he is the first to reach that milestone since 1924-25.