Burmistrov signed a one-year deal with Ak Bars of the KHL on Wednesday. Burmistrov returns to the KHL, where he previously spent parts of three seasons. Selected with the eighth overall pick of the 2010 NHL Draft, the center never quite lived up to expectations after logging 65 points in his lone OHL season. Having officially retired from the NHL, the 26-year-old is now eligible to suit up for the Olympic Athletes from Russia team at the 2018 Winter Olympics in February.
Burmistrov will retire from the NHL, agent Dan Milstein announced Sunday. Burmistrov had been a frequent scratch for much of the season, but had seen action in six of the Canucks' previous seven outings. While no official announcement has come from the team yet, one has to wonder if the club was planning on placing the center on waivers for the purpose of reassignment. Selected with the eighth overall pick in the 2010 NHL Draft, the 26-year-old racked up 37 goals and 64 helpers in 348 NHL games. It seems likely the Russian will return to the KHL, where he previously played parts of three seasons and could be eligible for the 2018 Winter Olympics once he is no longer under contract with Vancouver.
Burmistrov has appeared in four straight outings for the Canucks. Burmistrov spent much of November watching from the press box as a healthy scratch, but a bevy of injuries -- including Bo Horvat (leg) and Brandon Sutter (undisclosed) -- have opened the door for him to get an opportunity. In those four matchups, the center registered one goal, one shot and a minus-6 rating.
Burmistrov will tag into the lineup against the Sharks on Saturday, Brendan Batchelor of Sportsnet 650 reports. Burmistrov has been making the most out of his limited ice time this season, adding one goal and four assists despite averaging 12:11 over 14 games. On the downside, the Canucks have taken away his power-play opportunities and that's a serious drawback to streaming him as a low-end flier in daily fantasy contests.
Burmistrov scored a goal and dished out a power-play assist in Tuesday's 3-0 win over Ottawa. Burmistrov played a part in each of his team's first two goals, assisting on Brock Boeser's power-play tally late in the first period before potting his first goal of the season late in the second. The eighth overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft will turn 26 this Saturday, so he still has time to turn around what has been a disappointing career so far.
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