The 23rd overall pick last year went to the Washington Capitals and they selected a “long-term project” as determined by former GM George McPhee. Maybe one of the reasons why he is a former GM at this point. Andre Burakovsky is looking like he may be a sooner than later player for the Capitals, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Burakovsky was in the Sweden league and this could have been why he was considered a “long-term project”. Since then though he has moved to the OHL and the Erie Otters, which is where he seemed to come into his own and thrive. One a line next to, who could be the number 1 pick overall in next seasons draft, Burakovsky is making waves, of the good kind and we could see him up at the NHL level before we know it.
Barry Trotz, the man with a plan, has one for Burakovsky at this point as well.
“The plan is I’m going to watch him,” he said. “I don’t know him. I’ve got to know him. I don’t have any plan for him. For me, I don’t have any plan for anybody. You play and you earn your ice time. If Burakovsky is ready to play and I can get him quality ice time, then he’ll play. If I don’t feel I can get him quality ice time, then he’ll probably go to Hershey, that type of thing. We just have to let it play out.”
It seems at this point, and knowing that it is very early in the development camp and to get really any handle on who will do what, that we might just be seeing Andre Burakovsky minimally at the AHL level with the Hersey Bears. His days of the OHL could just be over.