ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have re-assigned center Andre Burakovsky to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Burakovsky, 19, appeared in 26 games with the Capitals this season, registering 13 points (four goals, nine assists) and six penalty minutes. The Malmo, Sweden, native made his NHL debut on Oct. 9 against Montreal and scored his first NHL goal in the first period. Burakovsky became the 13th player in Capitals history to score his first NHL goal in his first NHL game and is one of just seven players in franchise history to score a goal in his NHL debut and season opener. Burakovsky ranks tied for fifth among NHL rookies in assists this season and tied for seventh in points.
Burakovsky registered 87 points (41g, 46a) in 57 games with the Erie Otters (OHL) in 2013-14. He was named the OHL Player of the Month for March after tallying 24 points (12 goals, 10 assists) in 12 games during the month and recorded a league-high plus-22 rating. The 6’3”, 198-pound center finished March on a seven-game point streak that included five multi-point games. Burakovsky led Erie to the best regular-season record in franchise history (52-14-2-0, 106 points) and finished the season ranked ninth in the OHL in goals (41), tied for sixth in power-play goals (15), third in game-winning goals (10) and tied for eighth in plus/minus (+46).