Andre Burakovsky's point totals from his first three NHL seasons aren't that impressive -- 38 two years ago is his high -- but at age 22, he has a a lot of NHL experience, though much of it has come as a third-liner. This year, it looks like Burakovsky will step up to the second line alongside Evgeny Kuznetsov; fortunately, the Austrian winger's shifts up the depth chart when needed have tended to be quite fruitful. He's in for a major spike in ice time, likely including power-play minutes, now that Justin Williams has departed for Carolina. The result is likely to be 50-plus points -- maybe more -- that you won't need to pay dearly for on draft day.
Burakovsky signed a two-year, $6 million contract with the Capitals on Tuesday. It's not surprising Washington re-upped Burakovsky after it just protected his rights in the recent expansion draft. The 22-year-old winger managed to compile 35 points (12 goals, 23 assists) over 64 regular-season games in 2016-17, and his stock only seems to be rising as he gains more and more professional experience.
Burakovsky will not be exposed to Vegas in the expansion draft, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports. Burakovsky played on a line with Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie during the conference semifinals this postseason, speaking to how much the Caps value him. The 22-year-old scored 12 goals and 35 points in 64 games, averaging 13:16 of ice time. His ability to assist the power play makes him even more valuable, and his youth makes him a long-term investment.
Burakovsky is slated to play in the Capitals' top-six starting in 2017-18, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports. Caps general manager Brian MacLellan spoke at length during Tuesday's press conference about Burakovsky, who was a top-line player alongside Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie in Game 7 against the Penguins. With Oshie and Justin Williams slated to hit unrestricted free agency, it seems obvious that the 22-year-old Swede will move up the depth chart after spending much of the season on the third line. Given that he notched 35 points in 64 games despite averaging only 13:16 of ice time this year, a full-time role in the top six could lead to a breakout campaign next season. He has legitimate sleeper potential, so keep a close eye on him in drafts.
Burakovsky scored two goals in Monday's 5-2 Game 6 win over the Penguins. He also skated to a plus-3. Both of the Swede's goals were of the unassisted variety. He's been instrumental in Washington erasing a 3-1 deficit in the series, putting up four points and a plus-5 rating in Games 5 and 6 while skating on the team's top line next to Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie.
Burakovsky scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's 4-2 win over Pittsburgh. The points are his first this series. Burakovsky saw the most ice time Saturday (17:55) since Game 2 against Toronto. He's talented, but his game has been inconsistent this postseason after he entered on a run of 19 points in 26 games. Burakovsky should work the kinks out of his game in the next couple seasons and he'll be a solid fantasy contributor then.
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