With the 13th overall pick in Friday’s NHL Draft, the Washington Capitals selected forward Jakub Vrana. Vrana, 18 (5’11″, 180), has played for Linkoping in the Swedish Hockey League. Last season, he split between the senior team (2-1-3 in 24 games) and the junior club (14-11-25 in 24 games).
Vrana has represented his home Czech Republic in the past Under-18 World Championships and twice played for Czech at the World Junioors.
His NHL.com bio lists Marian Gaborik as his favorite NHL player.
Draftsite.com had this to say about the newest Caps’ forward.
Has been on the radar for several seasons as his skill level has always been evident. He was selected to the roster for the World Junior Under-18 Tournament in April. A dynamic player who despite his smaller size, is an impact player capable of getting dirty and competing against all comers. Displays great vision, IQ and feel for the attack. A flyer with first step quickness, who plays strong on the puck, and excellent puck-handling skills and lateral mobility. Will need to get even stronger but he has deceptive array of shots, and excellent set-up skills, and goes to the battle areas with reluctance at his present size and strength.