Andre Burakovsky – What Will He Cost the Capitals?


Over the last couple of weeks, Nova Caps has previewed the Washington Capitals long offseason ahead.  The Capitals have a handful of free agents this summer, and management will have plenty of tough decisions to make.

One of the Capitals top restricted free agents this summer is Andre Burakovsky.  Burakovsky is finishing off his 3-year entry level contract he signed in September 2013.


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Burakovsky has racked up 196 regular season games under his belt, and has recorded 38 goals and 95 points.  In 2016-17, Burakovsky played in 64 games, and put up 12 goals and 35 points.  His regular season was shortened after he sustained a hand injury on February 9.  Burakovsky missed 15 games due to his hand injury.


Burakovsky is a strong skater with plenty of size and skill.  When he gets open looks at the net, he is a precision shooter.  Burakovsky is still “raw” in his offensive development, and there is plenty of upside to his game.  With his strong skating and good shot, he has the potential to be a 20-30 goal scorer in the NHL.


While Burakovsky is a strong skater with an excellent shot, there are a few flaws in his game.  Burakovsky is not the strongest player along the boards, and some might question his willingness to get to the front of the net.  Burakovsky did not have the best playoff performance for the Capitals, as he only recorded 3 goals in 13 playoff games.


Elias Lindholm (CAR) ($2.7m cap hit)

Vladislav Namestnikov (TBL) ($1.937m cap hit)

Sven Baertschi (VAN) ($1.85m cap hit)

Tobias Rieder (ARZ) ($2.225m cap hit)

The comparable players listed above were chosen based on similar point production and roles within their respective clubs.


While Burakovsky’s regular season was abbreviated, he nearly matched his point totals from the 2015-16 regular season.

Burakovsky’s game is still very raw, but he still has some tremendous offensive upside.  Burakovsky and the Capitals will probably settle on a short-term bridge contract for his next NHL deal.

Both sides will likely agree on a “show-me” deal that could lead to an even bigger contract in the future.  It is a safe bet that Burakovsky will re-sign for no more than 3 years, and his next cap hit will fall somewhere in the $1.5m to $3m range.  Burakovsky will not be eligible for arbitration, which should give the Capitals more flexibility with this next bridge deal.

As Burakovsky matures and continues to evolve his game, he will likely be given more responsibilities on the ice.  Burakovsky will need to show that he can become a top producer on the powerplay, and he will need to show that he can consistently be a dominant player and goal scorer.  The little flaws of his game need to be improved, but with added maturity and experience, he should be able to complete his NHL game.

By: George Foussekis

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4 Responses to Andre Burakovsky – What Will He Cost the Capitals?

  1. The Capitals would be dumb beyond belief to trade this guy. Look, despite his flaws it’s quite clear that Burakovsky has a good deal of talent–the kind of talent this team needs much more of. As you point out,when he’s open Burakovasky can pick a spot and fire the puck past a goalie. Not all of the Caps’ more celebrated players do that as naturally as Andre does. I feel similarly about 24 year old forward Brett

  2. Connolly–another player this team’s wooden headed coach doesn’t allow to develop despite the fact that Brett scored 15 goals in 39 games for us before being ignored down the stretch… I mean, this club NEEDS young, skilled players on the third and fourth lines (I would even say on the first and second lines as well) in order to end this annual second round futility they experience at the hands of the Penguins and others in bygone years. So why the f**k doesn’t Trotz play him ? Why did Trotz only give Andre 13:55 minutes of PT rather than allowing him to DEVELOP and play through mistakes the way the Penguins do with THEIR youngsters like Rust and Guentzel and Sheary, et al or the way Steve Yzerman and his Lightning did with Drouin, Brown, Points and Lanni Gourde??

    Why can’t Brian MacLellan and Barry Trotz get it through their thick skulls that taking shortcuts again and again that giving up good youngsters like 6’4″ 20 y\o forward Zack Sanford for over-rated piece of shit defender Kevin Shittenkirk or surrendering the one time jewel of our farm system Filip Forsberg for future Hall-of-Famers Martin Erat and Michael Latta is just plain DUMB and will NEVER culminate in our team winning a Stanley Cup or allow us to compete far into the future–instead of for just one Presidential Cup year???


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