Back in early July, Washington Capitals first round pick Jakub Vrana displayed his sick hands during Development Camp. The 18-year-old Czech had the most talked about play of the week, scoring during a scrimmage with a wild shootout move. In an interview with RMNB after camp concluded, Vrana said that the move was spur of the moment, something he thought of as he skated in towards the goalie.

On Thursday, Vrana, playing with the Czech Republic as part of the National Junior Team Summer Development Camp, tried again to get super creative against Canada. After taking a pass behind the net, Vrana attempted to scoop the puck up with his stick blade and score like a lacrosse player.

He failed.

Here’s video of his attempt as well.

If done correctly, here’s how the move should work.

While his attempt went nowhere, Vrana clearly has a flair and confidence that most 18-year-old prospects lack. It should be interesting to see how he integrates his supreme stickhandling into SHL games with Linköping next season.

Meanwhile, Vrana did actually score a powerplay goal on Tuesday against Canada off a poor-angled shot on the rush.

[Warning: The commentator’s a screamer. Make sure to have the volume low.]

Additional reporting by Fedor Fedin.

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  • Sarah

    I’m reminded of the motivational poster that says, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
    Also, the demotivational poster that says, “The harder you try, the dumber you look.”
    That’s life, unfortunately.

  • Nolan Lynn

    with a little more development he’ll be doing Air Gaits

  • Sarah

    …and so I decided the words to live by are: “You’re going to do some embarrassing things in life, so at least do them with everything you’ve got.”
    Seriously, though, I love where this kid is going, and if you don’t take a shot on something crazy you really will never have that highlight reel goal. Onward!

  • blahblahblah

    I heard he’d never seen anyone else do it before and he basically invented it in his head.

  • Graham Dumas
  • Graham Dumas

    OK, check it: you are officially the posting-est person on this blog without an actual account. What the dill?

  • Sarah


  • Graham Dumas