Burakovsky will be a healthy scratch for Saturday's match against Colorado, Chuck Gormley of CSN Washingtonreports. The move comes amid Burakovsky being rotated throughout the lineup in recent games trying to jump start his offensive production, which has gone cold as the second-year pro has only one assist in eight games during November. While his long-term ceiling is quite high, it's clear the 23rd overall pick from 2013 is still enduring some growing pains, as he has two goals and four assists in 18 games this season, limiting his value to deeper leagues or dynasty formats.
Burakovsky scored his second goal of the season and had an assist in Friday's win over the Oilers. That's a three-game point streak for Burakovsky, who has opened the season with five points in seven games. The 20-year-old has been held off the scorehsheet just once this season and has built off his 33-points he recorded in his rookie campaign in 2014-15. He only logged 9:01 of ice time Friday, but the talented Austrian is finding ways to producer no matter amount of ice time he's given.
Burakovsky contributed a goal in Tuesday's 6-2 win over Calgary. This counts as the first goal of the season for Burakovsky, an agile winger for a Capitals team that has won three straight contests. He recently was pushed down to the fourth line with Nicklas Backstrom returning from a hip injury, though Burakovsky is still averaging a healthy amount of shifts each game, falling in a range of 10:44 and 17:31 TOI over the past five contests.
Burakovsky will move down to the fourth line Saturday night against the Hurricanes, with Nicklas Backstrom expected to return from a hip injury, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports. Burakovsky's fantasy value figures to take a hit with this development, as he'll now be far removed from the team's scoring line. Early indications point to Chandler Stephenson and Brooks Laich welcoming Burakovsky to the lowest line Saturday.
Burakvosky scored a power-play goal and recorded three shots during Washington's 3-1 win over the Islanders on Monday.
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