Andre Burakovsky’s Slow Start Is Reminiscent Of Troubles Past

First and foremost, it’s just four games. The season is just getting started, so any detailed analysis at this point falls under the “small sample size” category. Having said that, a familiar story is beginning to develop at the start of this season for Andre Burakovsky and the Washington Capitals.

Andre Burakovsky is off to another slow start. In fact, his ice time has been gradually reduced after opening night, now ranging in totals normally seen for fourth line players. (Andre is not a fourth line player) Additionally, Burakovsky hasn’t registered a shot on goal since opening night.

Here are Burakovsky’s Time on Ice (TOI) and Shots On Goal (SOG) totals through the first four games of the season:

Burakovsky had just 2:55 of ice time after one period Thursday night in Newark, the least amount of ice time for all Capitals. That’s less than fourth line minutes, and entering “press box” minutes.

So, is this just another quiet stretch for Burakovsky, or has something changed under new Capitals new bench boss Todd Reirden? The next few games will certainly add context to the situation. Something has to change.

For the folks that like to keep an eye on stats during a game, keep an eye on Andre’s TOI against Toronto Saturday night, particularly his first period minutes. Reirden has reduced Burkovsky’s first period ice time to just a few minutes in the last two games, but has used him more in the middle period.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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8 Responses to Andre Burakovsky’s Slow Start Is Reminiscent Of Troubles Past

  1. J says:

    Saw this coming… Burakovsky thanks for the 2 goals v Bolts chipping in to SC but unless OV spirit takes over Burakovsky or something and starts lighting the lamp.. he gone! Itll be his last season in DC

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  3. Clifford Keefe says:

    The fact that only four games have gone by doesn’t assuage my concern in the least that Andre hasn’t been on the ice more. If Rierden and the Caps’ brass don’t feel Burakovsky’s worth developing by giving him significant ice time with players who complement his skill set then they should put an end to this soap-operatic “Is He Worth it or Isn’t He?” Shitcom and trade him…



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