Vanek had a goal, an assist and three shots in Saturday's overtime loss to the Stars. That gives Vanek three goals and an assist in his last four games, adding to his team-leading 10 goals. That's considerably better than last season when he scored his 10th goal 49 games into the season on February 1.
Vanek put up a power play goal and three shots in Wednesday's loss to the Canucks. Vanek has had some success on the power play, scoring power play goals in back-to-back games. Overall, he's been solid offensively, scoring five goals and two assists with a plus-3 rating and 25 shots over the last seven games.
Vanek potted two goals in Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Jets. After a disappointing postseason in 2015, Vanek seems to have rediscovered his scoring touch this season. He now has six goals and six assists through 14 games on the year, and was credited with the game-winner Tuesday night.
Vanek dished out two assists -- one on the power play -- in Tuesday's 4-3 win over Edmonton. He's on a four-game point streak now, with two goals and three assists in that span. The veteran winger is coming off one of the quietest seasons of his career -- 52 points is good for a lot of players, but not so hot by the lofty standard Vanek's set over the last decade -- so eight points in nine games represents quite a promising start. However, he's still seeing highly inconsistent ice time, typically on the third line, which will make it awfully difficult to keep up that nearly point-per-game pace.
Vanek scored his fourth goal of the season in Saturday's win over Anaheim. The Wild want Vanek to shoot more this season as he had 2.1 shots per game last year compared to his 2.8 shots per game career average. Vanek is averaging 2.3 shots per game through seven games. While that's not a large increase, it's a positive sign as he didn't score his fourth goal last season until Dec. 16.
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