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Capitals ink first-round pick Vrana

Jul 15, 2014, 7:25 PM EDT

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The Washington Capitals have their 2014 first-round pick officially locked up.

The team announced they’ve signed 13th overall selection Jakub Vrana to his three-year entry-level contract. Vrana played at Linkoping in the Swedish Hockey League last season and that’s where he’ll likely be playing again next season unless his performance in training camp dictates otherwise.

Vrana, a Czech Republic native, has been a star for their national team at the World Junior Championships and Under-18 World Championships. As Chuck Gormley of shared, the Caps think highly of his abilities.

“He obviously has shown really good speed,” Caps assistant general manager Ross Mahoney said last week. “In a shootout he showed his hands and his slap shot is one that not a lot of people are going to be able to stop.”

If Vrana impresses enough in camp, that’d put the Caps in curious position to possibly go with a lot of youth as they’ll have 2013 first-round pick Andre Burakovsky also pushing to make the club.

  1. lowenni - Jul 15, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    I’ll admit I was critical of this pick by the Caps at the draft, but after watching him at the prospect camp this kid is looking like a steal. Great hands, fantastic speed, great shot. He looked phenomenal playing with Burakovsky, and vice versa. People are saying he’s gonna get a real good look at camp and while it’s a longshot he makes the team, I’m excited.

  2. ravenscaps48 - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    #VranaKovsky gonna have s*** locked down!

    Looking forward to the future! Tom Wilson, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Burakovsky, Vrana, Madison Bowey, Phillip Grubauer, Riley Barber, and the list goes on!

  3. ihtfp13 - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Wow! Maybe Caps win their first Cup!

  4. obamareallysucks - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    be careful rookie. they don’t like people who look like him in DC

    • Eutaw's Finest - Jul 16, 2014 at 10:07 AM

      You’re an idiot.

  5. ludacrish05 - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    Saw him at camp as well, he did look pretty damn good out there

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