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Thomas Vanek
NUMBER: 26 BIRTHDATE: January 19, 1984  (AGE 30)
HEIGHT: 6' 0" BIRTHPLACE: Vienna, Austria
WEIGHT: 217 DRAFTED: BUF / 2003 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right 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…

USHL First All-Star Team (2002) USHL MVP (2002) WCHA All-Rookie Team (2003) WCHA Second All-Star Team (2003, 2004) WCHA Rookie of the Year (2003) NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (2003) NCAA Championship Tournament MVP (2003) NCAA West Second All-American Team (2004) AHL All-Rookie Team (2005) NHL Second All-Star Team (2007) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2009) Signed as a free agent by Graz (Austria), October 1, 2012.
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Just the feel for the direction they were headed and what they're trying to do, it just felt that this is a really good thing for this organization. They've got the pieces. We can put something together and go on a run or two and be together for a while, and I'm really excited about that opportunity. The team we have here has an opportunity to win, and that's the most attractive thing.

— Washington defenseman Matt Niskanen on why he decided to sign with the Capitals