The Atlanta Thrashers announced today that they have come to terms with 2010 first round selection Alex Burmistrov on a 3-year, entry-level contract. Burmistrov is expected to make $900,000 per season plus bonuses.
Burmistrov, a native of Kazan, Russia, played for the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League during the 2009-10 season. In 62 games for the Colts, Burmistrov scored 22 goals and added 42 assists for 66 points. He added 8 goals and 8 assists in 17 playoff games for the Colts, who fell short in their quest to knock off eventual Memorial Cup champs, the Windsor Spitfires.
Hockey’s Future recently dubbed Burmistrov the Thrashers’ top prospect, and also ranked the speedy center 42nd in the just-released ranking of the Top 50 NHL Prospects.
In addition to his foot speed, Burmistrov is known for his creativity with the puck. He could best be described as a play-making center who will most likely be better known for the goals he sets up rather than scores. The one knock against Burmistrov is his lack of size, but it was not an issue last season in the OHL, nor did the Thrashers seem concerned when they chose him eighth overall at the 2010 NHL Draft.