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Sunday Morning Power Rankings: The Top 10 NHL Free Agents

By Sean Fitzgerald
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May 8, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens left wing Thomas Vanek (20) is checked by Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) during the first period in game four of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

6. Thomas Vanek Left Winger: Thomas Vanek was traded not once but twice this season. Vanek went from the Buffalo Sabres to the New York Islanders to the Montreal Canadiens. Vanek was supposed to be a hot name in free agency after his regular season. Vanek scored 27 goals and had 41 assists during the regular season. In the playoffs Vanek disappeared, he only recorded 5 goals and 5 assists. He was so bad in the playoffs that Montreal Canadiens Legend Guy Lafluer called him out. According to the Hockey News, Vanek “is a natural goal scorer, with plenty of size to fight through traffic.” Vanek can shoot and pass well. Vanek takes a lot of abuse because he isn’t a strong skater. According to Hockey News, Vanek career potential is a “natural big veteran scoring winger”.

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