Sunday, February 16, 2014

REVS Top 15 2014 NHL Prospects #10. Jakub Vrana

 REVS 2014 NHL Draft Prospects (August 10/13)
1.Sam Reinhart
2.Aaron Ekblad
3.William Nylander
4.Roland McKeown
5.Jake Virtanen
6.Blake Clarke
7.Nick Ritchie
8.Leon Draisatl
9.Michael Dal Colle
10.Jakub Vrana
11.Ivan Barbashev
12.Jared McCann
13.Anton Karlsson
14.Joshua Ho-Sang
15.Sam Bennett 

Honourable mentions:
Oskar Lindblom
Haydn Fleury
Nick Schmaltz

RECAP update of players we have looked at
(stats official as of February 16/14)
Sam Reinhart
6'1, 183 lbs
Kootney Ice- Games 47 Goals 31 Assists 53 Points 84
Canada U20- Games 7 Goals 2 Assists 3 Points 5

Aaron Ekblad
6'4, 216 lbs
Barrie Colts- Games 45 Goals 19 Assists 24 Points 43
Canada U18- Games 5 Goals 2 Assists 2 Points 4
Canada U20- Games 7 Goals 1 Assists 1 Points 2

William Nylander
5'10, 170 lbs
MODO J20- Games 1 Goals 0 Assists 0 Points 0
MODO- Games 16 Goals 1 Assists 3 Points 4
 Rögle- Games 18 Goals 4 Assists 4 Points 8
Södertälje Games 12 Goals 9 Assists 6 Points 15
Sweden U18- Games 4 Goals 4 Assists 2 Points 6

Roland McKeown
6'1, 195 lbs
Kingston Frontenacs- Games 51 Goals 8 Assists 27 Points 35
Canada U18- Games 5 Goals 0 Assists 1 Points 1

Jake Virtanen
6'1, 210 lbs
Kingston Frontenacs- Games 58 Goals 36 Assists 20 Points 56
Canada U18- Games 5 Goals 0 Assists 1 Points 1

Blake Clarke
6'1, 190 lbs
CHL- Games 42 Goals 2 Assists 7 Points 9

Nick Ritchie
6'3, 236 lbs
CHL-Peterborough Petes - Games 46 Goals 29 Assists 27 Points 56

Leon Drasaitl
6'1, 209 lbs
Prince Albert Raiders - Games 50 Goals 25 Assists 50 Points 75

Michael Dal Colle
6'2, 180 lbs
Oshawa Generals - Games 55 Goals 33 Assists 46 Points 79

The player I listed in August at #10.
Jacob Vrana
6'0, 187 lbs
Linkoping HC (SHL) - Games 19 Goals 2 Assists 1 Points 3
Linkoping HC J20 (Superelite) - Games 19 Goals 12 Assists 9 Points 21

Jakub Vrana moved to Sweden two years ago to continue his development He has made his way up to Sweden's top professional flight as a 17-year-old. With lots of speed to burn and a complete two-way player he can be a dynamic player. Jakub can tend to try to go it alone through defenders when he should be passing it off sometimes  but likely competition against men now with help with that part of his development. Jakub is probably still at least 2 years away from making any kind of impact in North America. He is capable of playing either wing, Vrana has had some struggles finding icetime with Linkoping since his promotion but that was too be expected in this big jump in competition.

Jacub will be falling out of the top 15 ranking in the season ending rankings I put out. Between his drastic drop in production at a higher level and other players rosining in their game it is very difficult to lee him in the top 15. Very unlikely the Oilers would even consider Jacob as he is a average size player, winger and doesn't play a strong enough  team game.

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