2010-11: Andre Burakovsky, the son of former Ottawa Senator Robert Burakovsky, played for Malmo’s U18 club in Sweden and skated for Skane in the TV-Pucken tournament for high school-age players. In 17 games for Malmo he scored 8 goals with 9 assists. In eight games for Skane, he scored 8 goals with 7 assists and had 4 penalty minutes. Burakowsky played 11 international games with Sweden’s U16 team and had 5 goals with 3 assists.
2011-12: Burakovsky made his pro hockey debut playing for Malmo in Allsvenskan (Sweden’s second league), and was a point-per-game scorer for the club’s U20 team as a 16-year-old. He played 13 games with the Malmo men’s team, including three post-season contests, and was plus-one with 1 assist. Burakovsky scored 17 goals with 25 assists and was minus-three with 43 penalty minutes in 42 regular season games for Malmo U20. He had 1 goal and 4 assists in five playoff games as Malmo won the U20 silver medal. Burakovsky represented Sweden in the U17 World Hockey Challenge and U18 World Junior Championship tournaments. He scored 4 goals with 4 assists in six games at the WHC and had 3 assists in six games at the U18 WJC. Burakovsky was selected by SKA St. Petersburg in the third round (102nd overall) of the 2012 KHL Draft.
2012-13: Burakovsky played 43 games in Allsvenskan with Malmo and represented Sweden in the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship as well as the Five Nations U18 Tournament in Sweden in February. He scored 4 goals with 7 assists and was minus-two with 8 penalty minutes in Allsvenskan play for the ninth place Redhawks. Burakovsky also skated for Malmo’s U18 and U20 teams. At the Four Nations tournament, he scored 1 goal and had 2 assists in four games. Burakovsky was ranked sixth amongst European skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Washington in the first round (23rd overall) in the CSS final rankings.
2013-14: Burakovsky attended training camp with the Capitals and signed a three-year entry-level contract with Washington in September 2013. He played for the Erie Otters in the Ontario Hockey League in his first season in North America and played for the silver medal-winning Sweden U20 team at the 2014 World Junior Championship. He scored 41 goals with 46 assists and was +46 with 35 penalty minutes in 57 regular season games; scoring 15 power play goals for the Otters. Erie finished second in the Midwest Division to Guelph and lost to the Storm in the Western Conference finals. Burakovsky scored 10 goals with 3 assists in 14 playoff games and was +7 with 2 penalty minutes. In seven games for Sweden at the WJC he scored 3 goals with 4 assists and was +3 with no penalties. Sweden lost to Finland, 3-2, in overtime in the gold medal game.
Burovsky is a very creative player with a strong wrist shot. He is extremely good at picking corners and putting shots in under the crossbar. He likes to move around defenses and is constantly switching sides of the rink in the neutral zone in order to open himself up for a pass or create space for his teammates. Burakovsky wants to have the puck and his skating is strong; he’s agile and capable in tight spaces. His defensive play needs improvement and he is still maturing physically and should add size and strength. He may need to develop a more north-south game in order to be successful. Despite a tendency to shoot, he doesn’t exactly seek the most direct path to the net and can play on the perimeter at times rather than going into hard areas. Burakovsky plays with a great deal of confidence when things are going well but can get down on himself when things are not going as expected.
Burakovsky attended training camp with the Capitals and made the opening night roster — making his NHL debut as a 19-year-old in a game against the Canadiens on October 9th, 2014. He has spent most of the 2014-15 season with Washington, skating in two games for AHL affiliate Hershey, and has had the ups-and-downs not uncommon for a teenager competing at the NHL level. A healthy scratch in eight of 11 games during one mid-season stretch, he has shown flashes of his offensive potential. Long-term he is expected to develop into a consistent scorer at the NHL level as he continues to mature physically and improves his two-way positional play.