MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced wednesday the acquisition of left winger Thomas Vanek and a conditional fifth round draft pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft from the New York Islanders, in exchange for Sebastian Collberg and a conditional second round draft pick in 2014.
Vanek, 30, has recorded 53 points (21 goals, 32 assists) in 60 games since the beginning of the 2013-14 season, with the Islanders and Buffalo Sabres. He has tallied 16 of his points on the powerplay (6 goals, 10 assists) and added two winning goals. Vanek was assessed 38 penalty minutes and took 187 shots, maintaining a 19:42 ice time per game.
The 6’00’’, 217 lbs. left winger has recorded 541 points (271 goals, 270 assists) and 396 penalty minutes in 645 NHL career games with the Sabres and Islanders. He displays a +33 plus/minus differential, with 111 powerplay goals and 43 winning tallies. Vanek added 20 points (15 goals, 5 helpers) in 36 career playoff contests.
A native of Baden, near Vienna, Vanek was the Sabres’ first round selection, fifth overall, at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. A product of the WCHA’s University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, he totaled 113 points (57 goals, 56 assists) in the NCAA.
Drafted in the second round, 33rd overall by the Canadiens at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Collberg has registered nine points (3 goals, 6 assists) in 40 games this season with the Frölunda Indians of the Swedish Elite Hockey League.
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