The Detroit Red Wings have officially closed out their 2020-21 season, and the offseason has begun. Forward Jakub Vrána finished out the season on a high note for the Red Wings. The change of scenery has treated the Czech native quite well.
In the waning moments of the trade deadline, Detroit Red Wings General Manager (GM) Steve Yzerman pulled off a blockbuster trade with the Washington Capitals. While the move did mean the Red Wings would part ways with forward Anthony Mantha, they seemingly won the trade.
Mantha had just signed an extension with the Red Wings, but with draft capital and two forwards coming back the other way, Yzerman seemed to play his cards right. Especially since Vrána appears that he may not be as well-known and flashy as Mantha, but he can get the job done.
Not to mention, Vrána is 25 years old and is a restricted free agent this offseason. Do not be shocked if Yzerman gets some ink on the paper with Vrána this offseason to secure the forward for this offense.
However, he is arbitration-eligible, according to CapFriendly, so the team may try to keep him around with that before an extension. Nonetheless, the finish to his 2020-21 season was pretty darn impressive.
Detroit Red Wings forward Jakub Vrána capped off the season on a high note in his new home.
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First, take a look at Vrána’s season totals. He would log 50 total games where he had 19 goals and 17 assists for 36 total points on the season.
But that is between his time with the Capitals as well as the Red Wings combined, not just here in Hockeytown.
Even on a rebuilding Red Wings team that finished without captain Dylan Larkin and a plethora of forwards like Tyler Bertuzzi and Bobby Ryan, he got things done offensively.
Vrána’s ability to still log points on this Red Wings team should indicate that he could produce some true offense with help, something this team is not used to in recent years.
Vrána logged 11 games in his new home, where he potted eight goals and tallied three assists for 11 total points. Performing at a point-per-game clip on a team that could put the puck into a net if it was empty all 60 minutes is pretty impressive.
Surely Vrána would not have been able to keep this up on a season-long basis, but he has been able to tap into some success. Without the Red Wings players known for helping add some offense, it is nice to see Vrána still manage to score.
It is early, but it sure seems like the Red Wings will win the blockbuster Mantha trade if Vrána can produce as much as or better than Mantha does in Washington. Not to mention having Richard Panik and draft capital as well.
The Red Wings might have lucked into something special with Vrána, who adjusted quite well and finished off the 2020-21 season on a high note after being traded.