Andre Burakovsky

Pat Quinn

2016-01-10

 

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Andre Burakovsky, LW

Shoots: L

Height: 6-1

Weight: 179

Born: 1995-02-09

Hometown: Klagenfurt, AUT

Drafted: 2013 by Washington Capitals, 23rd Overall

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

January 2016 – Burakovsky has not broken out of his sophmore slump yet this year. His minutes, and line usuage, fluctuate every few games as he will see a second line spot averaging 15 minutes, then he will be on the third anf fourth line averaging about nine minutes. He is getting the opportunity to produce from Trotz but he needs to start producing to justify his usage. Ten points in 38 games is not doing it so far but he is playing a lot better lately keeping the puck in the oppositions end more than his own. He is one to be owned in keeper pools, but one year pools he should be on waivers until he start consistenly producing. Pat Quinn

 

Nov 2015 – Burakovsky has played a majority of his time on the third line this season, and sees second power play time. Recently his minutes have slipped as his first six games he averaged around 14 minutes of ice time, and his last five games he has averaged around 10 minutes of ice time. He has struggled in the last few games but there is evidence he plays better when he has more ice time. In watching a couple recent games, Burakovsky has turned over the puck a fair bit in the offensive zone, but does work hard on the defensive end. If there is an injury to the top six he will be put in there, but in the meantime expect low point totals and perhaps the occasional healthy scratch as Barry Trotz has to trust him to play him. Pat Quinn

 

Sept 2015 – Burakovsky is heading in to training camp looking to stick in the NHL for the full season. Head coach Barry Trotz said he would be trying at Burakovsky at the third line centre position, but there is a chance he could play left wing on line two putting him in a battle with Marcus Johansson for the spot. In the centre position he is battling Brooks Laich, Jay Beagle, Michael Latta, and Derek Roy for the role and if he does not get either position he is likely headed for the third line left wing spot limiting his output for the season, more so than what would be available in the top six. His training camp is one to watch, but a third line of Roy, Wilson and Burakovsky could provide decent results. Pat Quinn

 

May 2015 – Burakovsky had a great ear from a development stand points. He started the year hot, then struggled, and battled back in the end. He finished with 22 points in 53 games for the Capitals, with a majority of those occurring in the first quarter of the season. He started the playoffs as a healthy scratch but once he played a game he was never taken out. Everyone should remember Burakovsky’s big game where he scored the only two goals against the Rangers, in limited minutes, giving them a 2-1 win and a 3-1 series lead they would ultimately lose in seven games. He was reassigned to the Bears to help them in the Calder cup playoffs but ultimately the Bears were eliminated with Burakovsky scoring one goal in his only game. Next season should be better from the 20 year old. Pat Quinn