Petr Vrana

Petr Vrana


Sternberk Czech Republic

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2nd round (42nd overall), 2003


174 lbs.

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2004-05: Vrana wrapped up his CHL career in style with a solid all around 2004-05 season. While his 16 goals and 51 points in 60 regular games for the Halifax Mooseheads wasn’t very spectacular, he saved his best for the World Juniors and CHL playoffs. At the annual WJC, Vrana captained the Czech team to a bronze medal and finished second on the team in scoring with five goals and three assists in 7 games. In the QMJHL playoffs, Vrana scored a team-high 10 goals and finishing second on the team with 14 points.

2005-06: Vrana’s first pro season was somewhat disappointing and inconsistent offensively, but he was not the only River Rat to fall victim to that fate. Overall, Vrana scored 13 times and added 21 helpers. The Devils can’t be disappointed with the season the former second round draft choice had though. Chalk up Vrana’s first AHL season as a learning experience at both ends of the rink, as evidenced by a team-worst -15 rating.

2006-07: Vrana’s second season of pro hockey was much more consistent than his first. He found himself a healthy scratch frequently during the early part of the year but as the season wore on, Vrana earned more playing time. Vrana at times was even wearing the “A” as one of Lowell’s alternate captains. In 61 games, Vrana had 13 goals and 19 assists. 

2007-08:  Despite the overall struggles of the team, Vrana broke through and had a career year. The third-year pro finally was able to put it all together, and he was by far the most consistent player for the team. He suited up in all 80 games, and led the team in a handful of categories, including assists (41), points (61) and power-play goals (10). Vrana was also Lowell’s lone representative at the AHL All-Star game. With the overall lack of talent surrounding Vrana in Lowell, his season was all the more impressive.

Talent Analysis

Vrana is a finesse type center who uses speed, skill and great hockey sense to achieve his goals on the ice. He is a strong, fast skater, and he uses great acceleration and agility moving around the ice. With great leg strength, Vrana is sturdy and balanced on the puck, and is hard to knock off stride.

Vrana has a natural gift of being able to irritate opponents, similar to Martin Havlat. He uses this along with his talented stickhandling to generate offense. Vrana's playmaking abilities allow him to dominate a powerplay, controlling the pace and flow of play. His upside is that of a second line center, who can contribute at both ends of the rink.

Vrana does have his downfalls, mainly being his small stature and physical play. With a lean frame, it may be a problem for him to bulk up substantially. He has a good wrist shot, but it could use some improvement to become a complete threat in the NHL.