Red Wings F Jakub Vrana will have shoulder surgery, miss at least 4 months

Detroit loses top forward to injury suffered during training camp

Detroit Red Wings forward Jakub Vrana, acquired in a trade with the Washington Capitals, adjusts his helmet before an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks, Thursday, April 15, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) (Carlos Osorio, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Detroit Red Wings forward Jakub Vrana will undergo shoulder surgery and will miss at least four months, coach Jeff Blashill announced Thursday.

Vrana, 25, suffered the injury during training camp in Traverse City. He just signed a three-year contract with Detroit worth a reported $5.25 million each season.

The left wing was first acquired by the Red Wings as part of a trade in April that sent Anthony Mantha to the Washington Capitals. Vrana became a restricted free agent at the end of the 2020-21 season. He had opted to file for salary arbitration, but the Red Wings settled the contract ahead of a possible arbitration hearing.

This is a big blow to Detroit’s offense as Vrana was expected to help them find more scoring this season. He scored 8 goals and 3 assists for 11 points through 11 games with the Red Wings after he joined in April.