NHL trade deadline: Blues acquire Jakub Vrana from Red Wings

Vrana only appeared in 42 games through three seasons in Detroit.

Feb 21, 2023; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Detroit Red Wings left wing Jakub Vrana (15) handles the puck against the Washington Capitals during the second period at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Jakub Vrana is on his way to the St. Louis Blues after a tumultuous two years in Detroit. (USA TODAY Sports)

The St. Louis Blues have acquired forward Jakub Vrana from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for forward Dylan McLaughlin and seventh-round pick in 2025.

Vrana has only appeared in five games with Detroit this season, registering a goal and an assist. The 27-year-old has missed most of the season after entering the NHL's player assistance program in October. Upon his return to the team, Vrana was placed on waivers for the purpose of assigning him to the AHL's Grand Rapid Griffins, where he tallied 11 points in 17 games.

Vrana emerged as a talented scoring winger with the Washington Capitals after being taken with the 13th-overall pick of the 2014 NHL Draft. He helped the Capitals win a Stanley Cup in 2018, and registered a career-high 52 points in 69 games in 2019-20.

He was traded to the Red Wings in April 2021 as part of package for Anthony Mantha. He put up 11 points in 11 games to end the campaign, and signed a three-year, $15.75 million contract ($5.25 million AAV) with the Red Wings in the offseason. Vrana would only play 26 games in 2021-22 after suffering an injury in training camp.

McLaughlin, 27, has one goal in six games with the AHL's Springfield Thunderbirds this season.