A couple years ago, there were some Caps players – including two current ones – known as “Caps Young Guns.” As the uncertainty era has begun in Washington, fans are trying to figure out which changes that this team will face for another run. Perhaps this question already has been answered, but just didn’t have time enough to fit it in here.
The two remaining “Caps Young Guns” have grown up and they are two of the franchise’s best players. Alex Ovechkin became the all-time franchise leader in goals, points, and the second in assists. Nicklas Backstrom became the all-time franchise leader in assists. Since they are all grown up, maybe it’s time for us to watch the rise of a new Young Gun: Jakub Vrana.
The 21 year old Czech has proved to be of great value. Vrana was drafted by the Capitals in 2014 as the 13th overall, playing for the Caps AHL afiliate Hershey Bears. In 2016, a surprise: on December 1, Vrana made his NHL debut against the New York Islanders. He scored his first NHL goal a few days later, on December 9, against the Buffalo Sabres. But then, he was reassigned to the Bears on January 1, 2017. However, in just 21 NHL career games, Vrana scored three goals and three assists (six points) and it was enought to give him notoriety. Probably, some players are going to say goodbye and a cost benefit solution is the best option for this team, and they already have it.
NHL is another reality, rhythm, competitivity, intensivity, pressure and playing with the most experienced players. However, perhaps Vrana is ready. In just a few games, he proved to be ready and having the potential to contribute significantly for this franchise, which is in need of some energy renovation.