Jakub Vrana had an incredibly eventful start to the 2023 calendar year after spending the first two months of the 2022-23 season in the NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program. The 26-year-old former 2014 first-round draft pick kicked off January by being placed on waivers by the Detroit Red Wings. He ultimately went unclaimed but then only a few days later was made a healthy scratch for multiple games in the AHL with the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Things have completely turned around for Vrana as he is now 15 games into what was initially just a conditioning stint with the Griffins. He scored his first goal for the team on January 18 and has not looked back.
In Vrana’s last seven games, he has scored six times and recorded eight total points.