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Andre Burakovsky | Winger | #65

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (22) / 2/9/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 205
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (23) / WAS
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The Washington Capitals have inked Andre Burakovsky to a two-year, $6 million contract.
Burakovsky was a restricted free agent this summer after completing his entry-level contract. A bridge deal made a lot of sense here as Burakovsky has shown promise, but he hasn't reached the 40-point mark in a season yet. The 2017-18 campaign could be where that changes though as he should get an opportunity to serve as a top-six forward. Jul 4 - 4:38 PM

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Andre Burakovsky may graduate to Washington's top-six forward group next season.

Washington GM Brian MacLellan would like to see Burakovsky move onto one of the team's top-two lines in 2017-18. "It sure looks like Burakovsky is ready to get to the next level," said MacLellan. "You put him in a top-six role, I would assume he’s going to be successful." Burakovsky mostly played on the third line this past season and he produced 35 points in 64 games, but he looked good on a line with Nicklas Backstrom during the playoffs. He could be worth keeping an eye on going into next year.
May 30 - 6:05 PM

Andre Burakovsky has been heating up for the Capitals with three goals in his last two playoff games.

He has collected four points during that span, while seeing time on the top line with Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie. "I think everything is coming with confidence," Burakovsky said. "I mean, during this whole playoff, I think I've been creating so many chances, and the only thing I've been missing is to maybe hit the net. I've been working on it in practice and been watching video, what I can do to find success, and obviously it's working pretty good for me."
May 9 - 10:30 AM

Andre Burakovsky scored two goals to help the Washington Capitals beat the Penguins 5-2 in Pittsburgh Monday night and tie the teams' Second Round series at 3-3.

Game 7 will be played in Washington Wednesday night. Burakovsky's goals Monday were only his second and third of the postseason. He also had a goal and an assist when the Caps defeated the Pens 4-2 last Saturday. Burakovsky's first goal Monday, unassisted at 8:38 of the second period, gave the Caps a 2-0 lead. His second goal, also unassisted, came at 12:29 of the third period and made it 5-0 for Washington. T.J. Oshie opened the scoring on a power-play goal at 12:41 of the first period and John Carlson made it 4-0 on another power-play goal at 11:17 of the third. Nicklas Backstrom had the third Washington goal, 16 seconds into the third period. Backstrom also picked up an assist, as did Oshie. Evgeny Kuznetsov also picked up two points for the Caps, assisting twice. The Pens couldn't score until the final 3:30 of the third period and could muster up only eight shots on goal in the first two periods. The Caps are now favored to defeat the Stanley Cup defending champions.
May 8 - 10:33 PM

Andre Burakovsky scored a goal and an assist in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The win allows the Capitals to stay alive in the series. Burakovsky's first-period goal tied the game at one with 30 seconds remaining in the frame. The Caps forward also picked up the only assist on Nicklas Backstrom's game-tying goal (2-2) in the third. The Capitals got two more goals from Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin before the end of the game. Burakovsky now has one goal and three assists in 11 games this postseason. Washington still trails the best-of-seven series 3-2. Game 6 will be played in Pittsburgh on Monday night.
May 6 - 10:01 PM

Andre Burakovsky skated on Washington's first line during the morning skate on Saturday.

Burakovsky and Alex Ovechkin have essentially switched spots. Burakovsky is ona line with Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie, while Ovechkin is on the third line with Lars Eller and Tom Wilson. The Capitals are officially in must-win mode, as another loss would eliminate them from the playoffs.
May 6 - 11:25 AM

Andre Burakovsky scored a goal and registered an assist in Washington's 3-2 win over Columbus on Sunday.

Burakovsky has 12 goals and 34 points in 60 contests this season. T.J. Oshie and Matt Niskanen also found the back of the net for the Capitals. Nicklas Backstrom, Lars Eller, and Kevin Shattenkirk each registered an assist.
Apr 2 - 11:02 PM

Andre Burakovsky was a huge factor in the Capitals 5-3 win over Tampa Bay Saturday.

The winger played for the first time in over a month as he returned from a broken hand. Burakovsky had an assist and a whopping seven shots on goal and was flying all over the ice. "It’s been a long time since my legs has been this good," Burakovsky said. "I think I was flying. I was creating chances. Everything felt good." Burakovsky has 11 goals and 30 points in 53 games this season. Put him back in your lineup if you normally would.
Mar 19 - 6:37 AM

Andre Burakovsky (hand) will make his return on Saturday.

Burakovsky has missed a little over a month. He has 11 goals and 29 points in 52 games this season.
Mar 17 - 12:50 PM

Andre Burakovsky (hand) hopes to be back in the lineup next week.

He was on the ice for Tuesday's practice and did some extra work after the session with the Capitals' assistant coaches. Burakovsky said afterward that he still feels uncomfortable shooting hard and stickhandling, but he is making good progress.
Mar 14 - 1:15 PM

Andre Burakovsky (hand) won't go on the road with the team to California this week.

"We feel he'd get more out of it staying here," coach Barry Trotz said. "We only have one practice and just one morning skate in five days, so I think it's more beneficial for him to be here with [strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish] skating and all that." Trotz added that he is encouraged by Burakovsky's progress and the forward remains on target in his recovery from a hand injury.
Mar 7 - 2:28 PM

Andre Burakovsky (hand) may travel with the Capitals on the team's upcoming road trip.

"If he does come out, it'll be non-contact for a little bit here," coach Barry Trotz said. "But he's progressing really well." He will miss his 10th straight game Monday night with a hand injury.
Mar 6 - 5:35 PM

Andre Burakovsky (hand) took to the ice in full equipment after Friday's practice.

He wore a "functional" cast during his skate and is making good progress, but he is not expected back for a couple more weeks, according to coach Barry Trotz. Burakovsky can't be activated from long-term injured reserve until March 9.
Mar 4 - 10:07 AM

Andre Burakovsky has been moved to long-term injured reserve.

He won't be eligible to return until March 9, but it's unclear if he will be ready at that time. He was give a six-to-eight week timetable earlier this month to get back from a hand injury.
Feb 28 - 6:21 PM

Andre Burakovskky on I/R retroactively to Feb. 9th due to a hand injury.

The talented winger is still on track to return just before the end of the regular season. This opens up a bit of cap room for the team as they look to fiddle around the edges en route to a Cup run.
Feb 24 - 2:47 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Nicklas Backstrom
2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Lars Eller
4Jay Beagle
5Chandler Stephenson
LW1Alex Ovechkin
2Brett Connolly
3Tyler Graovac
4Jakub Vrana
5Nathan Walker
RW1T.J. Oshie
2Andre Burakovsky
3Tom Wilson
4Devante Smith-Pelly
5Riley Barber
D1John Carlson
2Matt Niskanen
3Dmitry Orlov
4Brooks Orpik
5Taylor Chorney
6Christian Djoos
7Madison Bowey
8Lucas Johansen
G1Braden Holtby
2Philipp Grubauer