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Vanek on his strong start, his favorite player and why he loves Minny

Updated: October 22, 2008, 1:35 PM ET
By David Amber | Special to ESPN.com

With every goal he scores, Thomas Vanek is helping blaze a trail for the next generation of NHL players from his native Austria.

Facing Off returns as the Sabres' young star tells us why he has been red-hot so far this season, what his NCAA title means to him and which players he thinks are more valuable than Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin.

Thomas Vanek -- Quick Facts

• Vanek was selected fifth overall in 2003 NHL draft.

• He ...

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