On December 7, the Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan gave crucial insight that only a beat writer would notice. According to Khurshudyan, Jakub Vrana is almost always the last player on the ice after practice concludes. At times, Vrana’s free skates have lasted so long that equipment staffers have urged him to get off the ice so they can finish their work for the day.
Monday, Vrana was up to his old tricks, staying on the ice for at least over a half hour after every other player left the ice.
Wanna know why Jakub Vrana is developing into a weapon for #Caps this season?? This is why..
— Rob Carlin (@RobCarlinNBCS) December 10, 2018
NBC Sports Washington’s Rob Carlin and Capitals Radio’s John Walton documented Vrana working on his shot after practice. There was no one in the stands of the of MedStar Capitals Iceplex.
As he is nearly every practice, Jakub Vrana the last one on the ice, working on his game. Always looking to get better. pic.twitter.com/ldNTcdMvYz
— John Walton (@WaltonCaps) December 10, 2018
The Capitals forward has 18 points in 29 games so far this season, including nine goals – third-most on the team. Vrana, a restricted free agent at season’s end, is on pace for 25 goals this season, which would shatter his career high of 13 last season.
Vrana picked up his work ethic from his dad, Karel, who took him to Czech national team practices as a kid for inspiration.
“He always tell me that if you want to be better than the other players, you have to work extra,” Vrana said to Khurshudyan.
Headline photo: @RobCarlinNBCS
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