We all know and love the smile on this Swede, and it will be missed by so many in DC but we must admit we are not surprised by this news. This afternoon the Capitals announced that in exchange for picks in the 2020 Entry Draft Andre Burakovsky is heading to Colorado. So while we are a little sad about the trade we can remember the good times below… we will miss you Burky.
We will surely miss you Burky and wish you the best of luck in your career!
Last season we ran hot and cold on Andre Burakovsky. He ended the regular season playing only 56 games and recording 12 goals and 14 assists. And he was only available for 13 playoff games in which he scored two goals and four assists.
That “bear’ of a Swede, Andre Burakovsky, who turned 21 this past week, started his professional hockey career at the age of 16. He played for the Malmö Red Hawks of Hockey Allsvenskan, Sweden’s second league. In 2012 he was a point per game scorer for the clubs U20 team.
Burt, as Coach Trotz calls him, was invited to Caps training camp in 2013. He signed a three-year entry level contract that September. Spending time in the ECHL (East Coast Hockey League) and World Jr Championships, Burt had 41 goals and 46 assists in 57 games with the Erie Otters. And he recorded 10 goals and three assists in the World Juniors where Sweden lost to Finland in OT, leaving Sweden with the Silver.
Caps training camp once again took place in September 2014, where Andre made the opening night roster and collected his first NHL goal against the Montreal Canadiens. He split time with the Caps (53 games) and the team’s AHL affiliate Hershey Bears (13 games) during the 2014-2015 season, having several ups and downs–not uncommon for a 19-year old at the NHL level.
This season found Burkie struggling a bit through the first half and finding himself promoted to the second line alongside veteran Justin Williams and stunning Evgeny Kuznetsov. He has had 12 points in the last 11 games. The more comfortable Burt gets with his role on the Caps team, the more he seems to be able to produce. Weather he is getting the puck up the wall to Kuzy and reading the play to be at the right place when Kuzy’s pass is coming; or keeping pressure on the opposing team in their end and shooting more, Burakovsky gives the Capitals a dynamic scoring capability to keep whatever line he is on scoring through post season.
Marcus Johansson is a key member of this 2015-2016 Caps team. Let’s get that out of the way right now. We at FiCP have been rooting for Marcus even when some have thrown him under the bus. Those saying he needs to be traded clearly haven’t looked at his stats as of late. Last night against the Bruins, Johansson knocked in the game winning goal (GWG) bringing his goal total for the season into double digits (10), the 7th Cap to do so this season. His number of GWG’s on the season now ranks sixth in the league and is second to only Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks.
Marcus has been such a flexible player for the Caps, most recently moving in to play center in the absence of Center Jay Beagle. In several interviews he was asked about the face-offs he now has to take (normally Jay Beagle’s job) and said that it is something you have to practice. He has put his all into being the best player possible as the Caps struggle with missing players.
Marcus has 10 goals on the season, three of which have come in the last five games. Two out of those three goals were GWGs. His number of assists sits at 15 making his point total 25. Marcus has a current shot percentage of 13.5 with a total of 74 shots so far this season.
We will keep you updated on new stats for #90 as the season goes on.