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04/13/2021 at 5:17pm EDT

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Just like Anthony Mantha could benefit from a fresh start in Washington, the same could be true for new Red Wing Jakub Vrana.

There are lot of similarities between the two. They’re somewhat comparable players and they’ve had similar potholes this season.

It’s also why many analysts feel this, ultimately, could be a profitable trade for both organizations.

“Win-win scenario,” said NHL Network analyst Brian Lawton, who likes the Capitals’ short-term benefits of the trade, given Mantha’s strengths as a player placed onto Washington’s talented, big, championship-proven roster.

But given Vrana’s potential and skill level coupled with the first- and second-round picks Detroit received, most analysts felt the Wings got the edge in the trade and in the long term.

More: Red Wings receive high marks from analysts in Anthony Mantha trade

“(Vrana is) a comparable player, albeit a little bit younger (25 to 26), more flexibility in his contract and (draft picks),” Lawton said. “The draft picks, albeit a little late (in rounds), still fit the plan that (general manager) Steve (Yzerman) is on.

“The accumulation of a high number of draft picks will serve Detroit well. Steve recognizes talent.”


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