Be sure to check out our big feature on Thomas Vanek in Tuesday's paper. On pace for 65 goals, this looks like the year Vanek is breaking out to become a superstar. He was first in the NHL to 20 goals, is tops in team goal percentage (29.6) and is on pace to join Alexander Mogilny as the only 60-goal scorers in franchise history.
It's already been a big year for Vanek. He got married over the summer and told me recently that his wife and 15-month-old son make him feel more grounded off the ice.
"They've really helped me learn how to deal with things," he said. "Having a son puts life in perspective. Before him, it was hockey-hockey-hockey. But a child puts family ahead right away. Good or bad day, he makes the day better when you come home."
There haven't been too many bad days in Vanek's season thus far. Imagine where the Sabres would be without him to this point. The comments section is open for any and all thoughts on Vanek and be sure to vote in the accompanying poll.