Jakub Vrana made a little history Friday night at the 2014 Entry Draft, becoming the highest-drafted alumnus of the World Junior A Challenge from the Czech Republic when he was selected 13th overall by the Washington Capitals.
The Czech forward, who had a goal in four games as a 16-year-old underager with the Czechs at the 2012 tournament in Yarmouth, N.S., was the first of three tournament alumni chosen in the first round.
Nick Schmaltz, who set the single-tournament scoring record at the 2013 World Junior A Challenge en route to the MVP award, was selected 20th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks, while David Pastrnak, Vrana’s teammate with the Czechs in 2012, went to the Boston Bruins with the No. 25 pick.
In total, 23 World Junior A Challenge alumni were selected in Philadelphia, including six members of the gold medal-winning United States entry from the 2013 World Junior A Challenge in Yarmouth, N.S. (Eiserman, Franklin, Johnson, Mantha, Poganski, Schmaltz).
Since the first World Junior A Challenge in Yorkton and Humboldt, Sask., in 2006, 205 drafted players have taken part in the tournament, either prior to their selection or during the seasons following.
Jakub Vrana | 13th overall, Washington | 2012 – Czech Republic
Nick Schmaltz | 20th overall, Chicago | 2013 – United States
David Pastrnak | 25th overall, Boston | 2012 – Czech Republic
Dominik Masin | 35th overall, Tampa Bay | 2013 – Czech Republic
Vitek Vanecek | 39th overall, Washington | 2013 – Czech Republic
Vladislav Kamenev | 42nd overall, Nashville | 2013 – Russia
Brandon Hockey | 64th overall, Calgary | 2013 – Canada West
Jake Walman | 82nd overall, St. Louis | 2013 – Canada East
Shane Eiserman | 100th overall, Ottawa | 2013 – United States
Ryan Mantha | 104th overall, New York Rangers | 2013 – United States
Michael Prapavessis | 105th overall, Dallas | 2013 – Canada East
Devon Toews | 108th overall, New York Islanders | 2012 – Canada West
Austin Poganski | 110th overall, St. Louis | 2013 – United States
Igor Shestyorkin | 118th overall, New York Rangers | 2012 – Russia
Steven Johnson | 120th overall, Los Angeles | 2013 – United States
C.J. Franklin | 129th overall, Winnipeg | 2013 – United States
Pavel Kraskovski | 164th overall, Winnipeg | 2013 – Russia
Ivan Nalimov | 179th overall, Chicago | 2011 – Russia
Kelly Summers | 189th overall, Ottawa | 2013 – Canada East
Jesper Pettersson | 198th overall, Philadelphia | 2011 – Sweden
Pavel Jenys | 199th overall, Minnesota | 2012 & 2013 – Czech Republic
Ondrej Kase | 205th overall, Anaheim | 2012 – Czech Republic
Jake Evans | 207th overall, Montreal | 2012 & 2013 – Canada East