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Since leaving Caps training camp, Jakub Vrana has dominated in Sweden.
Vrana, 18, kicked off his SHL season last week with a two-point night, scoring a goal and an assist against Leksand on Wednesday. Three days later, he was back at it again with his linemates Jeff Taffe and Jacob Micflikier (both former Hershey Bears), scoring a goal in Linköping’s convincing 5-1 victory.
With two goals and three points in two games, Vrana has already matched his stat line from the previous SHL season– in 22 fewer contests.
Vrana’s goal came on the power play as he redirected a hard pass from Jeff Taffe to beat the goaltender short side.
That was his only point of the game, but had he or his teammates been a little bit more lucky, he might have had three more points easily.
On the first goal of the night, Vrana was unable to corral the puck exiting the zone. His loss turned into Linkoping’s gain as Taffe and Jacob Micflikier teamed up on a nice play to open the scoring.
In the second period, Vrana’s forechecking led to a turnover. Micflikier sent the puck off the crossbar on a one-timer.
Later, Vrana won the puck behind the opposition net again, but Taffe was denied on a close range shot.
And finally, a jailbreak play led to Vrana’s semi-breakaway that was stopped by goalie Fredrik Pettersson-Wentzel, while trailing Taffe sent the rebound just wide of the net.
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