Jakub Vrána
Born February 28, 1996,
Praha
Height
Weight
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
196 lb (89 kg; 14 st 0 lb)
Position Left/Right winger
Shoots Left
NHL team
F. teams
Detroit Red Wings
Elitserien
Linköping HC
SHL
Linköping HC
AHL
Hershey Bears
NHL
Washington Capitals
Ntl. team Flag of the Czech Republic.png Czech Republic
NHL Draft 13th overall, 2014
Washington Capitals
Playing career 2009–present

Jakub Vrána[1] (born on February 28, 1996 in Praha) is a Czech professional ice hockey left/right winger currently playing with the Detroit Red Wings of the NHL. Vrána was selected by the Washington Capitals in the first round (13th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Club career[edit | edit source]

Vrána played in the 2009 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with the Piráti Chomutov.[2]

In 2009 - 2011 played Vrána junior hockey with the HC Letňany organisation.

In 2011 moved Vrána to the Linköping HC organisation. Vrána made his senior debut playing 5 games with theLinköping HC of the Elitserien during the 2012-13 season.[3] In this season, he also played 3 regular season games and 2 play-off games with the Linköping HC under-18 team and 32 regular season games and 5 play-off games with the Kinköping HC under-20 team.

In the 2013-14 season, he played 1 regular season game and 3 play-off games with the Linköping HC under-18 team, 24 games with the Linköping HC under-20 team and 24 regular season games and 14 play-off games with the Linköping HC of the SHL (formerly Elitserien).

Vrána signed his first NHL contract with the Washington Capitals, a three-year entry level deal on July 15, 2014.[4] He began the 2014-15 season on loan with the Linköping HC of the SHL where he played another 44 regular season games and 11 play-off games. In this season, he was the junior who scored most goals (12) and most points (24) in the SHL. After the completion of the European season, Vrána finished the season with 3 regular season games and 10 play-off games played with the Hershey Bears of the AHL.

Vrána then spent the whole 2015-16 season with the Hershey Bears of the AHL. On February 7, 2016, he became the AHL Player of the Week.

On November 29, 2016, he received his first NHL callup from the Hershey Bears of the AHL.[5] He made his NHL debut on December 1, 2016 with the Washington Capitals against the New York Islanders.[6] Vrána scored his first NHL goal on December 9, 2016 against the Buffalo Sabres.[7] He was reassigned to the Hershey Bears on January 1, 2017.[8] All in all, in this season played Vrána 21 games with the Washington Capitals of the NHL and 49 regular season games and 7 play-off games with the Hershey Bears of the AHL.

Vrána made the Capitals opening night roster for the 2017-18 season.[9] His rookie season was considered "roller-coaster", ending up 13 goals scored and 14 assists in 73 regular season games. Vrána made his NHL playoff debut during the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs, providing the "speedy, offensive complement to the shutdown duo" of Nicklas Bäckström and T.J. Oshie on the second line.[10]

He scored his first postseason goal on April 29, 2018 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.[11] The Capitals would go on to beat the Penguins in six games and then win the Eastern Conference by beating the Tampa Bay Lightning in seven games.[12] He scored the opening goal in game five of the 2018 Stanley Cup Finals against the Vegas Golden Knights which resulted in the Capitals' victory.[13] Vrána ended the postseason with 8 points in 23 games to help the Capitals win their first Stanley Cup.

On July 16, 2019, the Capitals re-signed Vrána to a two-year, $6.7 million contract extension.[14]

On April 12, 2021, after 39 games played in the 2020-21 season, Vrána was traded to the Detroit Red Wings of the NHL. He finished there the season with 11 games played

International career[edit | edit source]

Vrána played with the Czech National Team at the 2012 World U17 Hockey Challenge, 2012, 2013 and 2014 World U18 Championships (being selected one of the top 3 players on the Czech team at the 2012 tournament and winning silver at the 2014 tournament where he was also the tournament's best goalscorer with 8 goals scored and was named one of the top 3 players on the Czech squad), 2013, 2014 and 2015 World Junior Championships (being the youngest player of the 2013 tournament) and at the 2019 World Championship.

Career statistics[edit | edit source]

Regular season and playoffs[edit | edit source]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2011–12 Linköpings HC J20 3 1 0 1 2
2012–13 Linköpings HC J20 32 20 12 32 49 5 1 0 1 0
2013–14 Linköpings HC J20 24 14 11 25 26
2012–13 Linköpings HC SEL 5 0 0 0 0
2013–14 Linköpings HC J20 24 14 11 25 26
2013–14 Linköpings HC SHL 24 2 1 3 2 14 1 1 2 6
2014–15 Linköpings HC SHL 44 12 12 24 12 11 4 1 5 2
2014–15 Hershey Bears AHL 3 0 5 5 0 10 2 4 6 2
2015–16 Hershey Bears AHL 36 16 18 34 20 21 8 6 14 2
2016–17 Hershey Bears AHL 49 19 17 36 28 7 0 0 0 4
2016–17 Washington Capitals NHL 21 3 3 6 2
2017–18 Washington Capitals NHL 73 13 14 27 12 23 3 5 8 2
2018–19 Washington Capitals NHL 82 24 23 47 27 7 0 0 0 6
SHL totals 73 14 13 27 14 25 5 2 7 8
NHL totals 176 40 40 80 41 30 3 5 8 8

International[edit | edit source]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2012 Czech Republic U17 8th 5 2 0 2 4
2012 Czech Republic WJC18 8th 6 4 4 8 4
2013 Czech Republic IH18 3 4 3 1 4 4
2013 Czech Republic WJC18 7th 5 2 0 2 2
2013 Czech Republic WJC 5th 6 0 1 1 2
2014 Czech Republic WJC18 2 7 8 2 10 4
2014 Czech Republic WJC 6th 5 1 1 2 2
2015 Czech Republic WJC 6th 5 2 1 3 2
2019 Czech Republic WC 4th 9 4 1 5 0
Junior totals 43 22 10 32 24
Senior totals 9 4 1 5 0

Awards and honors[edit | edit source]

Award Year
World U18 Championship
Silver medal (Czechia) 2014
NHL
Stanley Cup (Washington Capitals) 2018 [15]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Jakub Vrána player profile. NHL.com (10 August 2017). Retrieved on 10 August 2017.
  2. Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA (2018).
  3. 2012-13 Linköpings HC player statistics. Eliteprospects.com (16 May 2014). Retrieved on 17 May 2014.
  4. Capitals sign Jakub Vrana. Washington Capitals (15 July 2014). Retrieved on 15 July 2014.
  5. Caps Recall Jakub Vrana and Paul Carey from Hershey (30 November 2016). Retrieved on 6 May 2018.
  6. Despite Caps' loss, Jakub Vrana has a memorable NHL debut (2 December 2016). Retrieved on 6 May 2018.
  7. Game Notes vs. Vancouver, 12/11/16 (10 December 2016). Retrieved on 6 May 2018.
  8. Caps demote prospect Jakub Vrana on Sunday (1 January 2017). Retrieved on 6 May 2018.
  9. NHL announces rosters for opening night (4 October 2017). Retrieved on 27 May 2018.
  10. Khurshudyan, Isabelle (27 September 2018). Jakub Vrana, Capitals’ last high-end forward prospect, plans to keep his spot in the top six (en).
  11. Connolly nearly costs Vrana his first playoff goal, but goalie interference coin flip goes Caps' way (29 April 2018). Retrieved on 27 May 2018.
  12. 4 reasons the Caps beat the Lightning to win the Eastern Conference (23 May 2018). Retrieved on 23 September 2018.
  13. Jakub Vrana scores breakaway goal to open scoring in Game Five (7 June 2018). Retrieved on 23 September 2018.
  14. Capitals Re-sign Jakub Vrana. Retrieved on 16 July 2019.
  15. "The Washington Capitals, after years of frustration, win the Stanley Cup". The New York Times (7 June 2018). Retrieved on 7 June 2018.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
André Burakovsky
Washington Capitals first round draft pick
2014
Succeeded by
Ilya Samsonov
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