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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.