Jakob Vrana is one day closer to making his season debut.
Vrana, 26, was cleared for contact weeks ago after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery.
He was acquired by the Red Wings in a blockbuster deadline deal in April 2021. He, along with a 2021 1st round pick (Wyatt Johnson), a 2022 2nd round pick, and Richard Panik joined the Red Wings from the Washington Capitals in exchange for Anthony Mantha.
Vrana popped on the scene with the Red Wings last year scoring eight goals and 11 points in just 11 games.
With his return impending, Vrana skated Monday on the Red Wings’ second line alongside Pius Suter and Robby Fabbri. He was also taking reps on the second powerplay unit.
Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill remained non-committal Monday on when Vrana would return.
#RedWings Blashill said no word on whether Vrana will be cleared for tomorrow. Said he hasn’t decided on lines and lineup.
— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) March 7, 2022
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