The Curious Case of Jakub Vrana – Can He Compete?

    Vrana's future with Red Wings in doubt

    Forward Jakub Vrana's future with the Detroit Red Wings organization is uncertain after being scratched in back-to-back games for the Grand Rapids Griffins last week. The team initially called it a ‘conditioning stint,’ but Vrana's poor performance in Grand Rapids limits the team's options.

    Why it matters

    The Detroit Red Wings have placed forward Jakub Vrana on waivers and sent him to the Grand Rapids Griffins for a conditioning stint. Vrana has struggled with production and injuries since joining the team in a trade with the Washington Capitals. The team has limited options with Vrana's $5.25 million cap hit, and it remains uncertain if he can work his way back into the lineup. Coach Ben Simon and head coach Derek Lalonde have stated that Vrana needs to ‘compete' to earn a spot, but it remains to be seen if he can turn things around.

    • Vrana's lack of production is puzzling
    • Carries a cap hit of $5.25 million this season and next
    • Struggles continue in Grand Rapids, limiting the team's options

    Jakub Vrana By the Numbers

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    • Over seven games with the Griffins, Vrana has recorded just one assist
    • Skating to a minus -6 rating
    • 22 goals and 32 points in 39 games for the Red Wings

    What they're saying

    • Griffins head coach Ben Simon on what Vrana needs to do to work his way back into Detroit’s lineup ‘is ‘compete, just like everyone else.'
    • Red Wings head coach Derek Lalonde: “Simon makes the decisions when it comes to the Griffins’ lineup decisions.”

    The Bottom Line

    Vrana's future with the organization is uncertain unless he can improve his performance with the Griffins. General Manager Steve Yzerman placed him on waivers in early January to clear a roster spot for forward Robby Fabbri. Still, with Vrana's poor performance, it's unlikely he will be traded for a future asset. He must prove himself and compete to get back into the Red Wings lineup.

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