Thomas Vanek LW MIN 2 Months

Vanek registered an assist, five shots and seven PIM in Tuesday's loss to the Blackhawks.

Vanek probably hasn't made the kind of impact the Wild were hoping for after inking him to a $19.5 million deal this past offseason, but with 25 points in 39 games, he's been a steady complementary scorer. Furthermore, his production of late has been trending in the positive direction, as he's collected a goal, three assists and 11 PIM over his last five contests.

Thomas Vanek LW MIN 2 Months

Though he took a minus-3 rating in Saturday's 7-1 loss to the Stars, Vanek extended his point streka to three games with the team's lone goal.

The big plus/minus hit was probably unavoidable in a game the Wild were thoroughly whipped, but at least Vanek was one of the few players on his team to deliver some positive contribution to fantasy owners. His 24 points in 37 games are still probably less than the Wild were expecting at this point, but his recent scoring surge could be more representative of what's to come for the Austrian winger.

Thomas Vanek LW MIN 2 Months

Vanek potted his fifth goal of the season and added a helper in Saturday's loss to the Predators.

Vanek has heated up of late, recording three goals and six points in his last six games. The top-line forward now has 20 points in 31 games this season, to go with an even plus-minus rating. Vanek is usually a streaky scorer, so take full advantage of this recent hot streak.

Thomas Vanek LW MIN 3 Months

Vanek scored the game-tying goal and notched the primary assist on Nino Niederreiter's game-winner in Tuesday's 5-4 win over the Isles.

Amazingly, the goal was just Vanek's third in 26 games this season -- quite the decline for the four-time 30-goal scorer, who potted 27 last year. He's been very quiet since joining Minnesota, highlighted by his meager 42 shots on the year. At 30 years old, Vanek's too young to be in this kind of decline -- perhaps he's been distracted by the recent news about his gambling debts.

Thomas Vanek LW MIN 3 Months

Vanek scored his second goal of the season and had two assists in Friday's win over Dallas.

Vanek has had a slow start to the season with just two goal, but perhaps he's found some chemistry with linemates Kyle Brodziak and Nino Niederreiter.

Thomas Vanek LW MIN 4 Months

Vanek is expected to play on the Wild's top line while Zach Parise (upper body) remains unavailable, Rachel Blount of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

The Wild's third line wasn't exactly fantasy purgatory, but joining Mikael Granlund and Jason Pominville on the top trio should represent something of a small uptick in value for Vanek. The Wild's top get in free agency, Vanek has netted only one goal in 11 games, instead turning his focus on setting up his mates. Vanek should only see more chances to build on his team-leading total of seven assists while working alongside Pominville, with whom he has some familiarity with from their time in Buffalo together.

Thomas Vanek LW MIN 4 Months

Vanek scored a power play goal in Saturday's win over Dallas.

It was Vanek's first goal of the season and the Wild's first power play goal of the season (they started 0-for-28). Vanek was moved to a new line three games ago and it seems to have given him a spark with four points in his last three games.

Thomas Vanek LW MIN 4 Months

Vanek has been accused of betting $250,000 on football with a bookie by a witness during an investigation in a federal illegal gambling and money laundering case in Rochester, N.Y. where Vanek has appeared as a witness. However, Vanek's agent, Steve Bartlett, says his client is not subject to any investigation. "If you read it quickly or if you read it quickly, it almost alludes to the fact that Thomas vanek was involved in money laundering, which is totally false," Bartlett told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "He is not the subject of any investigation or criminal charges or anything whatsoever. He was a witness against this guy who was the bookmaker. He was the guy that wanted money and Thomas paid it to him. Thomas wasn't involved in any bookmaking activities."

Vanek admits to betting on football through the bookie, but not to money laundering. The NHL says it's monitoring the investigation, but the collective bargaining agreement between the NHL and NHL Players' Association only prohibits betting on hockey, which Vanek is not accused of. As a result it doesn't look like Vanek faces any disciplinary action from the NHL, but it's worth monitoring the case.

Thomas Vanek LW MIN 4 Months

Vanek had the primary assist on both of Kyle Brodziak's third-period goals Thursday as the Wild erased a 3-1 lead and went on to beat the Sharks in a shootout.

So far, so good for Vanek since being shifted to a line with Brodziak and Nino Niederreiter, as he's notched three assists in two games. Curiously, the four-time 30-goal scorer hasn't yet found the net this season. It doesn't help that he's not shooting much -- Vanek's put just two pucks on net in the last five games. That's obviously a far cry from his typical shot rate.

Thomas Vanek LW MIN 4 Months

Vanek dished out two assists in Saturday's win over the visiting Lightning.

Slowly but surely, Vanek is adjusting to life in the State of Hockey and getting his points (four in six games). The Wild have been great so far, posting a 4-2 record and getting offensive production throughout their lineup while outscoring opponents 19-6. Vanek is surrounded by a talented supporting cast both at even strength (Mikael Granlund and Charlie Coyle) and on the power play (Zach Parise, Jason Pominville and Mikko Koivu), so he should flirt with his usual point-per-game pace this season, with many of his goals coming in bunches.