Barry Trotz took a stand against Jakub Vrana‘s “participation” on Thursday, scratching Vrana from a disastrous game in Colorado.
On Saturday, the 21-year-old rookie, whose underlying numbers this season have been sterling, spoke briefly with Isabelle Khurshudyan about his return to active duty after a high-profile benching and criticism from his head coach.
Jakub Vrana, back in tonight after a game as a healthy scratch: “I think this is the hardest part, just to stay confident in there and not think about it too much.”
— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) November 18, 2017
Not to beat a dead horse (I’m going to beat a dead horse), but the Capitals have much bigger problems than Vrana. The Czech winger sits third on the team in shot-attempts percentage at even strength (among Capitals with least 60 mins of 5-on-5 time this season). Vrana is one of only nine Capitals players above water.
from Natural Stat Trick
Vrana thrives on positivity, but this week tough love was all he got. Vrana will return to the third line Saturday night against the Minnesota Wild, where he will skate with Lars Eller and Tom Wilson.
Additional reporting by Chris Gordon.
Headline photo: Cara Bahniuk
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