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.
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.