Friday morning the Capitals announced that they have re-assigned forward Jakub Vrana back to their AHL affiliate Hershey Bears. Vrana has played 21 games with the Caps this year, most recently fitting on the third line with Brett Connolly and Lars Eller. In his latest call-up he notched two goals and an assist in nine games.
After falling 4-2 to the San Jose Sharks Thursday, the Washington Capitals needed to come out to a quick start against the Los Angeles Kings. They got exactly that with Jakub Vrana’s first-period powerplay goal.
The tally was made possible by a picture-perfect slap pass by Kevin Shattenkirk.
The Hockey News named their top 100 NHL prospects and the Washington Capitals had four players make the list: goaltender Ilya Samsonov, forward Jakub Vrana, and defensemen Jonas Siegenthaler and Madison Bowey.
Although the Caps are in win-now mode more than ever, their pipeline is still strong.
Three days removed from scoring his second goal of his NHL career, Capitals forward Jakub Vrana attended the Wizards-Magic game for Czech Heritage Night.
The Prague, Czech Republic native watched as the Wizards narrowly defeated Orlando 115-114. Bradley Beal had 32 points while Croatian Bojan Bogdanovic became the fifth player in Wizards franchise history to hit eight or more three-pointers in a game.
Tuesday morning the Capitals announced the recall of forwards Riley Barber and Jakub Vrana from AHL Hershey. The move comes the morning after the Capitals made a blockbuster trade deal which sent forward Zach Sanford to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk.
Sanford’s trade brings an open slot to the third line, a slot which, according to Mike Vogel, Vrana will fill. While Barber could step in and play for TJ Oshie tonight who is still dealing with an injury.
“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.
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