Jakub Vrana scores first AHL goal for Griffins and gives stick away to fan: ‘Vrana is hero for my son’
Jakub Vrana’s last month has been eventful. He returned to the Detroit Red Wings from the NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program, but was eventually sent down to the AHL for a conditioning stint and outright put on waivers by GM Steve Yzerman. After registering only one assist in his first six games for the Grand Rapids Griffins, Vrana was a healthy scratch in two consecutive games as the team was two players over the veteran limit. Wednesday, however, the Red Wings dealt veteran foward Kyle Criscuolo, opening up more room on the roster for Vrana to play.
Two days after putting five shots on goal against the Iowa Wild, Vrana finally broke through with his first goal of the 2022-23 AHL season and his first AHL tally since April 15, 2017, with the Hershey Bears.