Jakub Vrana

Pat Quinn

2017-11-19

 

Jakub Vrana, LW/RW

Shoots: L

Height: 6-0

Weight: 187

Born: 1996-06-28

Hometown: Praha, CZE

Drafted: 2014 by Washington Capitals, 13th overall

 

 

Observations:

November 2017 – Vrana has had a struggle since his early season output resulting in Trotz putting him on the third line (or scratching him). Vrana is a top six talent but this year he should not be played as one. Spot start him on hot streaks bench otherwise as Trotz is a coach that does not trust a majority of rookies in their first season. There may still be a scratch or two in the future but once this kid gets the NHL game (and minutes) he will be a top six scorer. Pat Quinn

 

March 2017 – Since the NHL trade deadline Vrana has been playing in Burakovsky's spot on the Capitals third line as the Capitals traded Sanford in the Shattenkirk trade. Leading up to his recall Vrana has mostly been up and down between the AHL and NHL all year, and until Burakovsy comes back he will likely be the player playing those available NHL minutes. His current 26 points in 36 AHL games do not tell the whole story, as the pervious season he has 34 points in 36 games, but the low production total can be attributed to the plethora of injuries scattered throughout the Hershey Bears line up and especially on defense. In his last three NHL games Vrana has scored one goal in about 10 minutes of average ice time, but you can tell he has not earned Trotz's trust (say that 10 times fast) yet. For the rest of the season Vrana will play a majority of this third line role and then go back down to the AHL if the Bears make the playofs with Burakovsky back. Pat Quinn

 

December 2016 – After producing 16 points in 18 AHL games Vrana was called up to the NHL club after an injury to top six forward TJ Oshie. Vrana has averaged approximately 12 minutes of ice time and has 10 shots in those five games, one of which he registered zero shots. He managed to score his first NHL goal versus the Buffalo Sabres on December 9th on a great pass from Evgeni Kuznetsov. For a majority of his NHL time he has been set up on a nice offensive line with Burakovsky and Lars Eller. He should continue to get chances on that line until as long as he produces. I still do not expect him to stay up all season but if he begins producing they will not be able to send him down. Pat Quinn

November 2016 – Vrana is again producing well in the AHL with 10 points in 13 games and is first on the Bears in goals. His shots per game are down though which is a little concerning and with seven goals he is riding a high shooting percentage of 25%. Vrana randomly has 14 penalty minutes on the year, but that is due to one game where he had 12 minutes after a team wide altercation to end a six to three loss. The Hershey Bears are slightly more spread out this year and preach more defense than offense. It would be better if Vrana got going and scored over a point per game but there is nothing to be worried about for the future. Pat Quinn 

Oct 2016 – Vrana was recently sent down to the Hershey Bears as Capitals management decided it would be in his best interest to get more seasoning with 18+ minutes in the AHL. Coach Trotz said of Vrana "I think the one thing that we’re pretty confident of is that he will be an NHL regular, we’re a deep team. He’s a 20-year-old player. He’s worked on his defensive game, and it’s gotten much better. The wall play has gotten much better. Now, what we’d lik