Vrana (5 of 5)

Photos by Chris Gordon

At last year’s development camp, Andre Burakovsky was the resident adorable European, talking about eating “cinnamon rollers” and Tom Wilson making him peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. This year’s first-round pick, Jakub Vrana, has high expectations to live up to. He’s doing well so far.

“Okay, let’s get this out of the way: Is it Jakub or Jacob?” CSN’s Chuck Gormley asked as Varna stepped to the podium, trying to rectify the duel names Vrana is known by. “What do you prefer?”

“You can choose,” Vrana responded sheepishly. “Your choice. … Call me whatever you want.”

After spending a week training at Kettler Capitals Iceplex following his selection in the draft 10 days ago, Vrana was then asked about his experience in DC.

“I been in the city one time,” he said, referencing his time downtown on Saturday to watch the fireworks. “It’s pretty nice. I like the people.”

Jonather Warner of WTOP then asked if Vrana watched the Fourth of July celebrations from the Mall, but Vrana seemed to think he was talking about shopping.

“Mall? No,” Vrana said. “I been close to the big building there.”

“Washington Monument?” Warner responded.

“Yeah, there,” Vrana said.


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  • Eileen

    D’awww, he’s adorable!! Don’t let him anywhere near Schmidt…the hockeyverse may implode in a shower of puppies and rainbows.

  • Pat Magee

    Kid’s gonna be damn good in the future. It’s a shame most caps fans already hated the kid for not being a center 🙁

  • CapNMac

    Since nice articles like this do not generate all the outrage comments that the knee jerk ones do, I wanted to say “thanks” for posting this! It was enjoyable.

  • Sarah

    Since nice comments like this do not generate the nausea the jerk ones do, I wanted to say “thanks” for posting this! It was enjoyable.

  • Barrett

    I don’t recall anyone hating the player, only the selection.

  • Megan

    This…this is just beautiful

  • SeminAllOverTheIce

    So since this is about one of the Caps draft selections, I’ll stick with that. In regards to Nathan Walker, which happens first at his first call-up?

    1) Caps hand out red didgeridoos, causing the Horn Guy to sulk in saddness, while at the same time putting the vuvuzelas to shame.
    2) Someone will start an “original” chant in the crowds of “Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oui Oui Oui”?
    3) He scores his first NHL goal and everyone starts a new tradition of throwing stuff koalas onto the ice (because emu eggs would take too long to clean up…and arent cheap).

    Also, have we traded Laich yet?

  • Pat Magee

    I saw some pretty nasty stuff in both comment threads (Here and Japers’)

  • Barrett

    I like all of these scenarios and would do all three of them in the order you have listed every time he scores a goal.

  • JenniferH

    He’s a cutie pie!

  • JenniferH

    So did I. 🙁

  • Eileen

    I saw him play in Hershey a lot last season. Plays just like everyone else (aside from skating in the wrong direction because, y’know, things rotate the opposite way in the southern hemisphere).

    Seriously though, hope he gets his call-up sometime next season. Great feisty young player (and comedically short next to some of the other players).

  • Jayleigh

    What I’ve loved about Kuznetsov is his enthusiasm for finally living out his dream of coming here and being in the NHL. What I love about this Vrana kid is exactly the same. People living their dreams never fail to make me smile. Big. 😀