Thomas Vanek isn't the dominant force we expected him to be. (Update: sick/hurt?)
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03-26-2014, 09:42 AM
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There is something you miss at times watching on TV but at a game you can not miss--when the puck is in the offensive zone Vanek sets his butt right in front of the crease and takes abuse. We have not had a guy with a scorers touch taller then Gallagher willing to do that in at least 20 years. Guy is a beast and I am willing to pay for that. Pacs, Chucky, and Vanek will put up points for us. 2 legit goals scorers and a potential star on our team..
I noticed this yesterday too.
When we're in the offensive zone we have a tendency to look at the guy with the puck, but if you look in front of the net Vanek is always there battling. Then at the right moment he'll back out by about 5 feet and wait for the one timer.
Very smart player in terms of positioning, one of the best on our team. He's clearly a bit tired after a long season and 3 NHL teams though.
I think he'll step it up in the playoffs.
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