Thomas Vanek is one NHLer who is getting used to being traded. The 13-year veteran was dealt at the trade deadline back in 2014 to the Canadians and became an essential part of their playoff run that season. During his brief time in Montreal, Vanek put together 15 points in 18 regular seasons games. Along with that, he also scored 10 points in 17 playoff games which will make him extremely appealing to playoff bound teams.
Since joining the Red Wings this off-season, Vanek has become an important part of Detroit’s offence. Despite only playing 36 games, the Austrian is currently second on the Red Wings roster with 31 points and is second on the team in power-play points with seven.
Vanek has openly come out and said that he has no desire to leave Detroit at the deadline, but for a player of his ability, he will be a much-wanted asset. He will also become a free agent this coming off-season.
These next three teams would really benefit from the offensive threat that Thomas Vanek brings to the ice.
The Senators are sitting second in the Atlantic division and have played for games less than Boston who are in third place. A pretty crazy stat for the Sens right now is that they have only scored two more goals than they have conceded. It may seem like Ottawa have terrible goaltending but that is not the case, they actually rank sixth in goals-against. Vanek could be the missing piece that Ottawa need to make a run since they have only scored 123 goals this season. If Ottawa were to make a move for Vanek, as of right now he would have their best points per game numbers with 0.84. The Red Wings forward would slide nicely right into the Sens roster and would be a welcome addition to their average power-play.
Boston is in the same situation as the Ottawa Senators, excellent goaltending but a below average offence. For a team that has the worst offence amongst teams in playoff spots, an inform winger like Thomas Vanek will bolster their playoffs chances. The Bruins are clearly suffering from the loss of Loui Eriksson but Vanek is in significantly better form than Eriksson this season so maybe Boston could see the move as an upgrade. The Austrian would fit in perfectly on the Bruins second line alongside David Krejci and David Backes; he could even help Backes get back to his normal self. It may be tough for the Bruins to acquire Vanek due to them being in the eastern conference.
The Predators have a roster with plenty of talent, yet only four players have more than 10 goals this year. Luckily for them, they do have enough depth scoring to keep them going with eight skaters with 20 points or more. As the Preds would love to add a natural goalscorer to their roster, Vanek would be a great answer. If Vanek was to join this team right now he would only trail Ryan Johansen (36) and Flip Forsberg (32) in points whilst playing 12 games less than both of them. Bringing in Vanek would give Nashville a legitimate scoring threat on their top three lines.