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Andre Burakovsky | Winger

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (19) / 2/9/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 178
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Forward Andre Burakovsky, Washington's first-round pick (No. 23) at the 2013 NHL Draft, has realistic aspirations of challenging for a roster spot come training camp in September.
The 19-year-old Swede thrived in his first season with Erie in the OHL, posting 41 goals and 87 points in 57 games. "I'm going to do whatever it takes to have a chance to play some games in the NHL," Burakovsky said. "I had the chance to play some games last year, some preseason [games], I think I did really good there and I think the OHL was really good for me too. I think I might be ready to at least try to take the next step to the NHL." Burakovsky was able to distinguish himself with his quick release. "What really separated him was his wrist shot when he was on the rush," Erie coach Kris Knoblauch said. "He scored numerous goals just using the defenseman as a screen and shooting it through his legs and beating the goaltender. With his wrist shot that's certainly something that the other players, as good as they were, couldn't do." Jul 13 - 11:55 AM
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The Washington Capitals experimented with using Andre Burakovsky as a center during development camp.

"It was actually the first time I played center," Burakovsky said, "but it was good for me…I felt good out there, actually." If the Capitals feel like Burakovsky is capable of shifting to center than it would help his chances of making the team. He had 41 goals and 87 points in 57 OHL games in 2013-14.
Jul 11 - 10:14 AM

New Capitals assistant GM Ross Mahoney is looking forward to seeing prospect Andre Burakovsky at training camp.

"I've always said, these players determine where they end up. If they come in and have good camps, that probably determines whether they go back to juniors for more seasoning or whether they go to the [AHL] or whether they make that step up to the Capitals," said Murray, who worked 16 seasons as Washington's director of amateur scouting. "But Andre's definitely on the right path. Very, very pleased with his progression. I'm really looking forward to him coming to training camp and seeing how he does." He's still recovering from a separated shoulder he suffered in the OHL with Erie, but he has time to heal before attending the Capitals' summer developmental camp.
Jun 19 - 10:51 AM

The Washington Capitals have sent their first round pick Andre Burakovsky to the Erie Otters of the OHL.

Since Burakovsky played in Europe last season, he was eligible to play in the AHL but the Capitals thought he would be better served playing with players his own age. He was quite impressive during training camp. "I thought Burakovsky played great," coach Adam Oates said. "He's going to be a very, very good hockey player. We sent him back to juniors so he can have a good year and keep learning, learning the language, and all the little things of growing up. We're very happy with him."
Sun, Sep 22, 2013 11:57:00 AM

The Washington Capitals won't assign Andre Burakovsky to the AHL, even though he's eligible to play there over the OHL Erie Otters.

"I wouldn't do that," Capitals GM George McPhee said. "He’s not ready for that, he’s too young." For his part, Burakovsky seems happy to play in Erie. Had he stayed in Sweden, he estimates that he would have averaged 12 minutes per game, but in the OHL he should be logging over 20. That extra playing time will help his development and that's also something he wouldn't get in the AHL at this stage.
Fri, Sep 6, 2013 02:22:00 PM

Andre Burakovsky has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with the Washington Capitals.

Burakovsky will make $70,000 annually in the AHL or $832,500 per season with the Capitals. He was selected with the 23rd overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He had 11 points in 43 games in Sweden last season, but he's decided to make the transition to North American hockey by playing for the OHL Erie Otters in 2013-14.
Wed, Sep 4, 2013 12:46:00 PM

Andre Burakovsky will be one of 24 players attending the Capitals' rookie camp.

Washington's most recent first round draft pick is expected to play the 2013-14 season with the Erie Otters of the OHL, but the experience he'll gain at the rookie camp will be valuable for his development. The entire rookie camp roster has not yet been published, but 2012 first round pick Tom Wilson is another one of the confirmed attendees.
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 09:02:00 AM

Andre Burakovsky has committed to playing for the Erie Otters of the OHL this coming season.

"It's a great day for Erie Otter hockey," GM Sherry Bassin said. "We are pleased and excited to announce that Andre Burakovsky is committed to play with the Erie Otters. He is a very special talent and a key addition to help lead the Otters to a successful season." Washington chose him with the 23rd overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Thu, Aug 22, 2013 10:45:00 PM

Andre Burakovsky is unsure where he'll pay next season.

The Capitals' first-round pick in the 2013 draft could continue playing in Sweden or decide to play in the CHL or in the AHL. He'll let the Capitals help him decide. "It’s a really tough decision. I don’t really know yet where I should play next year," Burakovsky said. "I have some offers in Sweden; now I have Erie, too. It’s a hard decision to make where I should play next year." His agent said they will wait a few more weeks before deciding. Burakovsky is considered a longer-term prospect for the Capitals.
Wed, Jul 10, 2013 12:15:00 PM

Washington first-round pick Andre Burakovsky is expected to need more time to develop.

"I don't think he's going to be like a [Marcus] Johansson where you draft him one summer and he's in the lineup next year." said GM George McPhee. "If this kid takes a little more time to develop that's okay. There's some indication that he might come over and play junior as well in North America, so that would be good if he wanted to do that."
Mon, Jul 1, 2013 03:16:00 PM

Washington has picked Andre Burakovsky with the 23rd overall choice in the 2013 draft.

Burakovsky is a "tweener" right now – too good for the Swedish junior team but not yet good enough for the pro team. He plays with a "give me the puck" mindset and has exceptional offensive tools with great speed, though his 11 points in 43 games with Malmo this past season were somewhat disappointing. Constantly on the move, the winger has a knack for finding open spaces to generate offense. Even though he performs well in tight checking, he is not a player who asserts himself in the dirty areas for offense, mostly due to the fact that his body is still maturing. Burakovsky is an average player on defense but his calling card is offense. In time, he has the potential to be a game breaker.
Sun, Jun 30, 2013 05:26:00 PM

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