“This game is all about confidence,” Brett Connolly recently said to the Associated Press’s Stephen Whyno. “When you’re confident, you’re a completely different player and when you don’t you’re not a good player.”
While things are going great for Connolly (he tied his career high in goals on February 9th), Jakub Vrana appears to be confused why he even got called up to Washington on Friday – a troubling development for the Capitals’ top prospect.
The Washington Capitals’ bye week has concluded and the team will be back on the ice for practice at 10:30am. They will have two forwards from Hershey joining them.
The team recalled top prospect Jakub Vrana and forward Zach Sanford, who scored his first NHL goal five days ago.
Last week on his 22nd birthday, Andre Burakovsky broke his hand while blocking shot from the point. Sanford was given the first opportunity to replace Yung Dre and scored the biggest goal of his career, six days ago against the Ducks.
Friday morning the Capitals announced that forward Jakub Vrana had been recalled from AHL Hershey, one day after sending Chandler Stephenson back down to the AHL. This is Vrana’s second call up to the NHL. His first call up came in late November. He made his NHL debut on December 1st and scored his first NHL goal on December 9th.
Vrana also recorded two assists during his first stint with Washington. So far this season, Vrana has recorded 24 points in 30 games with the Hershey Bears, good for fourth on the team.
The call-up was most likely done to give the Caps more depth, as they will play five games in the next 8 days. That includes a back-to-back this weekend against Montreal and Los Angeles.
After 12 games as a Washington Capital, Jakub Vrana has been reassigned to the Hershey Bears. Vrana had not seen ice since all the way back in 2016 — December 27, specifically.
He’ll be back.
On Saturday morning, as the roads piled up with cars driven by Washingtonians befuddled by winter, the Capitals jumbled their roster, calling up Zach Sanford from the AHL.
Sanford started the season with the Caps, playing 19 games. After only registering one point in NHL, he was sent down to the minors at the end of November. In just six games with the Bears, Sanford scored four goals (including his first professional marker) and had three assists, earning his call up back to the Caps.
“It was good for me,” Sanford said of his time in Hershey, which was his first experience in the AHL after signing with Washington out of college. “I thought I went in with a good mindset. I was going to work as hard as I could and not be pissed off about anything. It turned out well for me.”
The Capitals held a team-building event in New York City earlier today. Players squared off into teams and played darts.
For Mr. Perfect (Tom Wilson) and V (Jakub Vrana), their day ended early after a poor performance.
“Quick exit at the dart tourney for @jakubvranaa and I,” Wilson wrote on Instagram.
So they did what any rational millennial would do with their spare time: they played on their phones.
After going scoreless during his first four games in the NHL, talented Caps prospect Jakub Vrana now has three points in his last three games. On Friday, Vrana scored his first NHL goal after a beautiful setup by Evgeny Kuznetsov.
Tuesday night in Brooklyn, Vrana authored his first NHL multipoint game of his career. 2:09 into the second period, Vrana tallied his first NHL assist, receiving a secondary apple on Brett Connolly’s first period goal.
The dude was absolutely pumped.
Friday night, Jakub Vrana scored his first NHL goal after a beautiful setup by Evgeny Kuznetsov. In years past, Alex Ovechkin has pied the rookies during their postgame interviews to both celebrate and keep them humble.
With Ovechkin busy, fellow one-goal-scorer-on-the-season Tom Wilson decided to keep the tradition going, pummeling Vrana in the side of the face with a towel full of Gillette shaving cream.
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