Capitals Sign Jakub Vrana

 

Jakub Vrana get a call from Alex Ovechkin after getting drafted by the Caps - Monumental Network
Jakub Vrana get a call from Alex Ovechkin after getting drafted by the Caps – Monumental Network

The Washington Capitals announced they signed 2014 first round draft pick, Jakub Vrana to a three-year entry-level contract today.

Per Capgeek, Vrana’s three-year ELC is worth $2,775,000. He’ll make $832,500 at the NHL level or $70,000 at the AHL level.

The 18 year old was drafted 13th overall by the Capitals in the NHL Draft which took place in June. Vrana saw his first Capitals action when he attended the Development Camp, which ended on Saturday. During the Development Camp, Vrana made a positive impression with Capitals fans.  Read more about Capitals Sign Jakub Vrana

2014 Development Camp Wrap Up

Chandler Stephenson - Russian Machine Never Breaks
Chandler Stephenson – Russian Machine Never Breaks

The large crowd that showed up for today’s final scrimmage and Fan Fest saw no shortage of goals which mostly came at the expense of the Capitals top young talent.

Unlike the previous two scrimmages, the two best players in Jakub Vrana and Andre Burakovsky did not wow the crowd. The center and right wing duo, which had previously been the two best players in the scrimmages the last two days, had a performance they will likely want to put past them.

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Jakub Vrana Continues To Impress

Jakub Vrana - Sports-Kings.com
Jakub Vrana – Sports-Kings.com

With the Capitals legend Rod Langway, better known as the “Secretary of Defense” in attendance for the second scrimmage, 18 year old Jakub Vrana, was the most impressive. Vrana, who has been lined up with last years Caps first round draft pick Andre Burakovsky, have been a pleasure to watch. A duo that could be paired up together in the NHL in the next few years has so far, wowed Caps fans in attendance at this years Development Camp.

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Capitals select Vrana with the 13th overall pick: news and thoughts

The Washington Capitals selected Jakub Vrana with the 13th overall draft pick in the 2014 NHL draft.  Vrana is a small center from the Czech Republic and is known as a natural scorer.

Right off the bat, I am a little worried about this draft pick.  I do not expect Vrana to sign right away and I think he will put on some weight, right now he is only 172 pounds.  The Capitals have had a history of drafting European players high and while they have put up the stats the Capitals have never made a real deep playoff run.

The Capitals have lacked toughness the past few seasons and investing in another European skill player will not help with that.  European players tend to be softer, they play in bigger ice rinks and considerate more on skills and fighting is banned.  Marcus Johannson is a good example, very talented player and has a great skill set.  Johannson has the potential to be a truly great player but he does not have the toughness that a Brooks Laich type player has.  While Johannson has the overall better skill set Laich has had a much better career and has been way more important to the Capitals.  Laich grinds out plays and on rare occasions will fight when his team needs him to. Read more about Capitals select Vrana with the 13th overall pick: news and thoughts