Jun 30, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; A general view of the stage between picks during the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Capitals Select: Jakub Vrana

Today is the day that everyone has been waiting for in the NHL.  Draft Day! Aaron Ekblad was the first and Sam Reinhart went number 2.  The real question was who was going to go number 13th to the Washington Capitals.  Are the Capitals going defenseman or will they wait until the 2nd or third round for a defenseman and move to add to their offensive prowess? These are the questions that we asked ourselves.

With the 13th pick overall in the 2014NHL Draft, the Washington Capitals select:

Jakub Vrana

Vrana is a 5’10 weighing 180 #s.

 A Czech who went to Sweden at the age of 15, his development has been steady while he’s statistically remained around the point-per-game level for Linkoping’s U20 team the past two seasons. Already a veteran of three U18 World Championships (recent silver medalist) and two WJCs, Vrana has grown into a leader and go-to player for his nation. He possesses good offensive instincts and a nose for the net. Has a knack for timely goals. Unafraid to shoot from anywhere, he loves to come in off the right wing side and find the far inner goalpost. His release and accuracy are obviously tricky for goaltenders, as no less than his most recent international offensive success has demonstrated. Strong laterally in movement and very good with the puck, often displaying above-average creativity with it. Although one doesn’t expect it right away when watching his unselfish play, Vrana is generally more of a goal scorer than a playmaker.

Hockey’s Future

I like this pick.  He is not one that I looked at prior to tonight but I am not disappointed with it.  Vrana is a good player that will develop nicely for Barry Trotz and company.  He will add some offense up front and will be able to come back and help out on defense.  Look for the Capitals to move to the Blue-Line with their second round pick.

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