Vrana earned a two-year, $6.7 million contract extension from the Capitals on Tuesday.
Vrana set career highs in goals (24), assists (23) and shots (161) last season. It's a solid bridge deal for the winger, who will get the opportunity to earn an even bigger payday if he continues to develop. The 22-year-old should be in line for a top-six role this season and figures to see minutes on the power play as well.
Vrana is expected to receive a qualifying offer ahead of Tuesday's deadline, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.
No surprise that the Capitals are going to retain Vrana's RFA rights after the Czech winger posted career highs in goals (24), points (47), and games played (82) in his third pro season. The anemic bump in the salary cap ceiling could alter the contours of a contract extension for the 23-year-old winger, but given his development into a top-six forward, expect him to be an integral part of the Capitals offense once again in 2019-20.
Vrana played through an unspecified injury during the Capitals' postseason run, Brian McNally of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Vrana didn't notch a point during the postseason, finishing the seven-game series with a minus-1 rating, eight shots on goal, eight hits and two blocked shots. Despite the silent conclusion to his campaign, the third-year winger collected a career-best 47 points -- 24 goals and 23 assists -- over 82 games during the regular season. The marked improvements should shoot him up draft boards heading into 2019-20.
Vrana managed just eight shots and a minus-1 rating in the 2018-19 playoffs
Vrana's fade late in the season likely had something to do with Washington's first-round exit at the hands of the Hurricanes. Despite the disappointing finish, the 23-year-old winger still set a career high with 24 goals and 47 points in 82 games and figures to be a top-six winger moving forward, providing plenty of fantasy upside in standard formats.
Vrana tallied a goal and two shots during Sunday's 3-1 win over the Flyers.
Vrana continues to chug along with four goals and six points in 12 games during the month of March. The 23-year-old winger is breaking out in 2018-19 with 22 goals and 45 points in 76 games and should be squarely on your radar when the time comes to draft your 2019-20 fantasy roster.
Vrana scored two goals in Tuesday's 5-3 loss to the Penguins.
His 20th and 21st tallies of the season staked the Caps to a 2-0 lead they'd quickly squander. Vrana is having a solid second NHL campaign, and the 23-year-old winger should continue to produce down the stretch on a dangerous No. 2 line alongside Nicklas Backstrom.
Vrana tallied an assist, a plus-2 rating and three shots during Tuesday's 7-2 win over the Senators.
Vrana has only been held off the scoresheet twice in his last seven games, and has posted six goals and 18 points in 26 games since the calendar rolled into 2019. The 22-year-old winger has established himself as a top-six forward on a potent offensive attack and has enough fantasy value to justify rostering in many formats.
Vrana registered a power-play assist while logging 14:22 of ice time during Sunday's 6-5 overtime win over the Rangers.
Vrana continues his steady breakout season with a goal and five points in his last six games. The 22-year-old could flirt with the 50-point mark for the first time in his career if he can keep this up, and has enough fantasy value to justify rostering in any fantasy format.
Vrana registered a goal, an assist, a plus-2 rating and three shots during Thursday's 5-1 win over the Sharks.
Vrana has compiled three goals and seven points over his last eight games as he continues to steadily break out in 2018-19. In striking distance of a 50-point campaign, the 22-year-old is producing enough to merit rostering in most formats.
Vrana tallied a goal, an assist, a plus-2 rating and three shots during Tuesday's 3-2 victory over the Canucks.
Vrana continues to provide solid secondary scoring for the Capitals having recorded four goals and 10 points over his last 12 games. The 22-year-old is having a breakout campaign and is worth owning in standard formats if he can stay productive.
Vrana recorded an assist during Friday's 4-3 victory over the Flames.
Vrana made a nice feed on Tom Wilson's second-period marker to bring him to a career-high 15 goals and 29 points in 51 games -- eight of which have come in his last 10 games. The 22-year-old is firmly entrenched in the top six and worth rostering in deep leagues at this time.
Vrana recorded an assist and two shots during Tuesday's 7-2 loss to the Predators.
The helper gives Vrana three goals and five points in as many games as the 22-year-old is starting to round into form as a top-six winger as he's knocking on the door of a career season heading into restricted free agency this summer. The Czech winger has been productive enough to warrant rostering in standard formats and perhaps even a must-own status in deeper leagues.
Vrana tallied a goal with a plus-2 rating, three shots, and two hits during Thursday's 4-2 win over the Bruins.
Vrana has netted four goals and five points in his last six games and could be in for a solid second half now that he's firmly entrenched in Washington's top six. Time is running out to snag the 22-year-old winger on the waiver wire.
Vrana tallied two goals -- one on the power-play -- an assist, a plus-2 rating and four shots during Tuesday's 5-3 win against the Flyers.
Vrana was a dominant factor with perhaps his best all-around game of the season. The 22-year-old winger is up to 14 goals and 24 points as he looks likely to smash through last season's career-high 27 points. A 40-plus point campaign is looking fairly reasonable for the young Czech who has cemented himself as a top-six forward on a talented Caps roster, so get him while you can.
Vrana scored his 12th goal of the season in Monday's 6-3 loss to the Predators.
Now with 21 points on the season, Vrana is enjoying a breakout campaign and should easily surpass the 27 points he posted last year, en route to what could be the first 40-point season of his career. Playing on the Caps' second line opposite Evgeny Kuznetsov and Tom Wilson is obviously paying dividends for the 22-year-old winger, so don't hesitate to scoop him up off your league's waiver wire if he's still available.
Vrana scored a pair of goals and recorded a plus-2 rating in a 5-3 loss to the Golden Knights on Tuesday.
The 22-year-old is quietly putting together a nice season. With his first two-goal night of the season, Vrana has upped his season total to eight with 16 points in 27 games. He also owns a plus-9 rating, which is a better mark than the plus/minus he recorded in his first 94 career games. Vrana's 17.0 shooting percentage, though, will undoubtedly drop, so he's not likely to continue this pace from a scoring standpoint.
Vrana dished out two helpers -- one on the power play -- in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Blackhawks.
Vrana's up to 12 points through 21 games, showing dramatic improvement after recording only 27 points in 72 appearances last season. The power-play point was his first of the season, so the 22-year-old forward could start scoring at an even better rate if he's able to add extra-man production to his repertoire.
Vrana was practicing on the fourth line during Monday's morning skate, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.
The demotion would certainly limit Vrana's fantasy value as he had been skating alongside Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov in recent outings. The 22-year-old winger has a great deal of offensive upside and isn't expected to toil in the bottom six for long, but fantasy owners should exercise caution when putting him in their lineups until his role improves.
Vrana tallied a goal, an assist and a plus-2 rating during Friday's 6-5 shootout loss to the Panthers.
Vrana has had a fairly quiet start to the season with two goals and three points in seven games. It's also worth noting that he ended up on the third line following Washington's disastrous first period. The 22-year-old winger's sleeper potential takes a hit if he is away from a top-six role for an extended period of time, so monitor his usage on the upcoming road trip for cues on his role moving forward.
Vrana registered an assist in 13:33 of ice time during Sunday's 5-2 victory over the Blues.
Vrana looks like he will open the season alongside Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie on the second line. The Czech winger has some legitimate sleeper potential if he can maintain such a prominent role, so keep an eye on him in the later rounds of fantasy drafts.
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