Jakub Vrana
Jakub Vrana
23-Year-Old Right WingRW
Washington Capitals
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The Capitals expected Vrana to solidify himself as a top-six winger in 2018-19, and he certainly obliged with a breakout 24-goal, 47-point campaign. The 23-year-old Czech earned a two-year, $6.7 million extension in the offseason and is expected to reprise his role on the second line. A promotion to the top power-play unit would help his cause, but the 13th overall pick from the 2014 NHL Entry Draft owns 30-plus-goal upside if he can stay healthy and brings serious sleeper potential in standard formats. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $6.7 million contract with the Capitals in July of 2019.
Dishes helper Saturday
RWWashington Capitals
October 13, 2019
Vrana registered a power-play assist and two shots during Saturday's 4-1 win over the Stars.
Vrana has posted two goals and four points in his first six games, which puts him on pace to eclipse the 50-point mark for the first time in his career. Of possible concern is a reduction in the 23-year-old's ice time over the last two contests (11:34 average), but that could be due to Washington's penalty troubles during the short road trip. Getting feeds from either Evgeny Kuznetsov and Nicklas Backstrom gives the 13th overall pick from the 2014 NHL Entry Draft a fairly stable floor and more than enough upside to merit rostering across the board.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Vrana's full season in the NHL ranks was riddled with inconsistency. While he managed 13 goals and 27 points in 73 games, the young winger was shuffled around the lineup and benched on multiple occasions during the regular season and playoffs. Still, he could've done worse than eight points in 23 playoff games, and the first-round (13th overall) pick from the 2014 NHL Entry Draft figures to enter the regular season in a top-six role. Blessed with great speed, a quick release and solid offensive instincts, Vrana has all the makings of a consistent scoring threat provided that he habitually delivers on the backcheck. Andre Burakovsky is the only one who could conceivably cut into Vrana's ice time, but the potential exists for a breakout campaign,and owners should seize him up accordingly in the late rounds of fantasy drafts.
Another solid showing in the AHL last season earned Vrana 21 games in the nation's capital with the big club, and while he wasn't an instant success, he showed enough with six points (four on the power play) to remain highly intriguing heading into the 2017-18 season. Adding to that intrigue is that Vrana appears to have a legitimate chance at winning a top-six role for the Caps, although the No. 13 overall pick from the 2014 draft isn't guaranteed anything -- he'll even have to earn his roster spot. It’s tantalizing to think about what Vrana might be able to accomplish on a young, talented second line with Evgeny Kuznetsov and Andre Burakovsky, and that makes his situation well worth watching in training camp, as he could increase his fantasy draft stock significantly with a big showing.
The 13th overall pick from the 2014 NHL Draft, Vrana was expected to take a major step forward in his development with the AHL's Hershey Bears. Those expectations appeared to be dashed when the Czech Republic native suffered a wrist injury early in the season that caused him to miss several weeks of action. Despite the setback, Vrana returned to action the same potent offensive player as before and finished the season with 16 goals and 34 points in 38 games. It was in the AHL Playoffs, however, that the talented winger demonstrated his true potential, as he led the Bears in playoff scoring with eight goals and 14 points in 21 games. With a terrific combination of speed and shooting prowess, Vrana is expected to be a key offensive producer for the Capitals in the future, but with a glut of talented players already in the top-six he will need a strong showing in training camp to make the roster for the start of the 2016-17 NHL season, and is likely to once again start the season in the minors.
Vrana is a speedy, shifty winger who knows how to snipe – he’s a natural goal scorer with good hockey sense. He spent last season playing with Linkoping in Sweden and delivered 12 goals and 12 assists in 44 games as a 19-year-old. Vrana hit North American ice right at the end of the season and immediately made a dent, totaling five assists in three regular-season games with Hershey, then two goals and four assists in 10 playoff games. He’ll start this season in the AHL unless he knocks the jocks off the Caps’ brass in training camp. That’s possible, but not very likely. A year or two in the A will help him learn to play tough along the wall, use his linemates and build some muscle. But it won’t take more than a few seasons for Vrana to ascend to a job in D.C. Dynasty-league owners should monitor his game or stash him if they have really deep rosters. Otherwise, play the waiting game.
A bit of a surprise selection for the Capitals in June’s draft, Vrana adds more top-flight offensive talent to an organization swimming with potential blue-chip point producers. A potential top-five selection heading into last season, Vrana was inconsistent during his regular season with Linkoping of the Swedish Elite League. However, Vrana turned heads at the IIHF Under-18 Championships, and his dominant performance was enough for the Capitals to take him with the 13th overall pick. Recently signed to a three-year extension by Linkoping, the Capitals appear content to let Vrana develop overseas in 2014-15, with the aim of getting him to North America in the next year or so. Possessing an NHL-caliber shot and Marian Gaborik-like upside, Vrana has all the tools to be an outstanding fantasy player once he’s further along in the development process.
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Tallies again Friday
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October 4, 2019
Vrana scored his second goal of the season and added three shots in Friday's 2-1 win over the Islanders.
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Nets game-winner
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October 3, 2019
Vrana scored the game-winning goal and added five shots during Wednesday's 3-2 overtime win over the Blues.
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Secures two-year deal
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July 16, 2019
Vrana earned a two-year, $6.7 million contract extension from the Capitals on Tuesday.
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Will receive qualifying offer
RWWashington Capitals
June 25, 2019
Vrana is expected to receive a qualifying offer ahead of Tuesday's deadline, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.
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Plays through injury to close season
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April 26, 2019
Vrana played through an unspecified injury during the Capitals' postseason run, Brian McNally of NBC Sports Washington reports.
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