Washington Capitals forward Jakub Vrana told the media on Sunday that he has trained with the fellow Czechs, including teammate Michal Kempny, for a couple years. He skated with them for two months before coming back to the Washington area to get ready for training camp a few weeks ago.
Vrana thinks that Kempny has been “really solid … and focused on his details” since coming back from a hamstring procedure that forced him to miss about seven months. “He’s been working really hard and it’s paying off for him,” he continued.
He said that “I honestly feel really good,” and is getting more comfortable every practice. Vrana added that he is “good to go” for the Capitals’ round-robin tournament opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday, August 3 in Toronto.
Vrana thinks that there will be a “lot of sleep” and “a lot of relaxing at the hotel” while he is in the Eastern Conference bubble in Toronto. The Capitals will travel up north a week from Sunday for the final week of training camp and to face the Carolina Hurricanes in an exhibition game on Wednesday, July 29.
Vrana said that he does not mind being with his teammates for a while and thinks it will be fun being inside the bubble with them.
“I honestly feel really good. We’re just practicing now and getting more contact every practice. Getting more battles going. Getting back to being game ready. I feel good to go.”#ALLCAPS | @VranaJakub pic.twitter.com/EnKjxy7SyI
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) July 19, 2020
By Harrison Brown