Detroit Red Wings: Jakub Vrána is back to putting up numbers

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The Detroit Red Wings are heading into the last month of the regular season, and forward Jakub Vrána is just getting started. It’s unfortunate for the Red Wings to have missed out on their newly acquired forward in what would have been his first full season with the team, but he’s looked good in the small sample size there is.

It sucks for the Detroit Red Wings to have been without Vrána for almost the entire season after he missed several months with a shoulder injury sustained during training camp. However, now that he has returned, he’s back to scoring.

He caught fire with the Red Wings after being acquired in the blockbuster Anthony Mantha trade, and he’s getting right back to the scoring now that he is back on the ice. Vrána has found ways to make things happen and looks great once again.

It should excite Red Wings fans to see him finish the 2021-22 season strong, leaving high hopes for the 2022-23 season. He’s on a $5.25 million AAV contract with the Red Wings that takes him through the 2023-24 season, so he’s got time to continue this scoring and earn an extension.

Detroit Red Wings forward Jakub Vrána picked up right where he left off.

In 2020-21, when the Red Wings acquired him, there was not much time left in the season, but he was scorching hot. He played 11 games for the Red Wings, where he had eight goals and three assists for 11 total points.

He finished the 2020-21 season with 19 goals and 17 assists for 36 total points over his 50 games played between the Washington Capitals and Red Wings rosters. Though the injury sidelined him to start things, he’s worked back from it and been able to get back into the lineup.

He’s been able to do plenty for this Red Wings roster in the little time he has had on the ice. He has played in 11 games for the Red Wings in 2021-22, where he has seven goals and two assists for nine total points.

He’s been able to tap into the scoring touch once again. Though it’s still a minimal sample size, it seems like there will be a lot of value in having Vrána in the Red Wings lineup. Performing like this has to have the front office very intrigued to see an entire season of Vrána.

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If Vrána can go out and finish out the 2021-22 season strong, performing how he has, there’s going to be a lot to be excited about for the 2022-23 season, for both Vrána and the Red Wings.