The Detroit Red Wings got some unfortunate news today after the team learned they will be without one of their scoring threats. It was announced that Jakub Vrána will miss four months after having to undergo surgery.
As the Detroit Red Wings head into the 2021-22 season, they are going to need to see some of their forwards step up as they will be without Vrána until at least late January or early February. This is quite the unfortunate news as Vrána has only been with the team since the trade deadline.
When he got to the Red Wings organization, he was cruising and quickly tapped into the scoring touch. Now, after expecting big things from him in 2021-22, Vrána will find himself on the sideline and be absent from the team’s offense.
It seemed like the team’s offense was going to get a nice boost this season, but this news definitely puts a damper mood onto the team’s forward core before the season even starts. However, it leaves opportunities for others.
Detroit Red Wings forward Jakub Vrána will miss four months with injury.
It should have been known that Vrána was headed down a rough road. With the announcement of him visiting a specialist that came out a few days ago, the hopes were not very high. But the reality was finally uncovered, and the specialist deemed that Vrána will need surgery.
Coming off a hot start in Detroit last season that earned him an extension, the hopes were high, but it sucks to hear that he will be on the sideline. Last season, Vrána played in 50 total games where he had 19 goals and 17 assists for 36 total points.
With the Red Wings after being acquired at the trade deadline, Vrána logged 11 games where he had eight goals and three assists for 11 total points. Seeing him tally goals like crazy was exciting and made some fans feel like they had another scoring threat to add to the mix.
However, he will miss quite some time after having to undergo surgery. But adversity can be a good thing, so the hope should be that he can come back strong when the calendar turns to 2022, and he can put together a great end of the season.
There will be several players who can step up and try to get things going in his absence. One of those guys is Pius Suter, who had a phenomenal rookie season in 2020-21 with the Chicago Blackhawks and will be looking to continue that in year two.
Another player is Lucas Raymond; missing out on Vrána will make things easier for him to earn a roster spot. Lastly, Bobby Ryan, who is still on his professional tryout, could earn his roster spot back with Vrána going out for some time.