Vrána with the Capitals in 2017
28 February 1996|
Prague, Czech Republic
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||197 lb (89 kg; 14 st 1 lb)|
|National team||Czech Republic|
13th overall, 2014|
Jakub Vrána (born 28 February 1996) is a Czech professional ice hockey forward for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League. Vrána was selected by the Capitals in the first round (13th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Vrána won the Stanley Cup in 2018 with the Capitals.
Vrána made his Elitserien debut playing with Linköpings HC during the 2012–13 season. After the 2014 draft, Vrána signed his first NHL contract with the Capitals, a three-year entry level deal on 15 July 2014. On 29 November 2016, he received his first NHL callup from the Hershey Bears. He made his NHL debut on 1 December against the New York Islanders. Vrána scored his first NHL goal on 9 December 2016 against the Buffalo Sabres. He was reassigned to the Bears on 1 January 2017.
Vrána made the Capitals opening night roster for the 2017–18 season. His rookie season was considered "roller-coaster", ending up 13 goals scored and 14 assists in 73 games. Vrana made his NHL playoff debut during the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs, providing the "speedy, offensive complement to the shutdown duo" of Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie on the second line.
He scored his first postseason goal on 29 April 2018 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Capitals would go on to beat the Penguins in six games and then win the Eastern Conference by beating the Tampa Bay Lightning in seven games. He scored the opening goal in game five of the 2018 Stanley Cup Finals against the Vegas Golden Knights which resulted in the Capitals' victory. Vrána ended the postseason with 8 points in 23 games to help the Capitals win their first Stanley Cup.
On 16 July 2019, the Capitals re-signed Vrána to a two-year, $6.7 million contract extension.
Regular season and playoffs
Awards and honors
|Stanley Cup (Washington Capitals)||2018|||
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- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Eurohockey.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
|Awards and achievements|
| Washington Capitals first round draft pick
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