Jakub Vrana cracks ESPN’s Wyshynski’s ‘breakout’ list

ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski lists 10 players ready to “break out” for the 2021-2022 season, and one of them is Red Wings forward Jakub Vrana:

Jakub Vrana, LW, Detroit Red Wings: Vrana, 25, has crested over 20 goals twice and ended up with 19 in 50 games last season with the Washington Capitals and Red Wings. He had 11 points in 11 games after being traded to Detroit in a deal that saw Anthony Mantha sent to Washington. That was enough of an audition to earn him a three-year, $15.75 million extension as a restricted free agent.

The Red Wings are going to let Vrana cook. His time on ice jumped by nearly three minutes (17:16) when he arrived in Detroit. Best of all, he averaged 10 shots per game at 5-on-5 in that short sample, which is hopefully a harbinger of things to come: Vrana was at his best offensively in Washington when he was spraying shots on goal like a backyard sprinkler at even strength.

On a rebuilding team desperately seeking a goal-scoring boost — Detroit’s 2.23 goals per game was second fewest in the NHL last season — Vrana is going to get a chance to shine. “My role has changed a little bit. I’m looking forward to prove what I can do and show my potential,” he told reporters recently.

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One thought on “Jakub Vrana cracks ESPN’s Wyshynski’s ‘breakout’ list”

  1. At #15.75 M over 3 years, he better break and add a bit of whiner with the Capitals.

    No where to go but up, no up = Trade again

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