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Thomas Vanek: NHL's best shooter

Other snipers may be flashy, but Buffalo wing is the league's top marksman

Updated: October 27, 2011, 1:52 PM ET
By Neil Greenberg | ESPN Insider
Thomas VanekGraig Abel/NHLI/Getty ImagesThe Sabres' Thomas Vanek is who you want taking the big shot on net.

If you had to pick one of the NHL's best snipers to take one shot on net and score, whom would you pick? Steven Stamkos? Ilya Kovalchuk? Alex Ovechkin? A healthy Sidney Crosby?

All good choices, but the guy you want is Buffalo Sabres left wing Thomas Vanek, the NHL's best shooter.


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Neil Greenberg is ESPN Insider's NHL analytics expert. His columns have appeared on the Washington Post website, and he is a regular guest on Sirius XM NHL Radio.