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 fifth amongst European skaters in Central Scouting’s mid-season rankings prior to the 2013 NHL Draft, and is ranked sixth in the CSS final rankings.
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. 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. Wants to have the puck. His skating is currently strong and he’s agile and capable in tight spaces.
His defensive play needs some improvement, as does his overall physical development, though he has grown considerably over the past two years. 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. He is used to playing with older, stronger players and has made the adjustments necessary to do so, but this has led him to having to play a more perimeter-style game. He plays with a great deal of confidence when things are going well, but has shown the tendency to get down on himself when things are not going as expected.
After compiling most of his career stats in Sweden, Burakovsky will make his way over to the OHL to compete with the Eerie Otters in 2013-14 season. Long term Burakovsky has all the looks of a top-six NHL forward but his adjustment to the North American game will be a big step in his development.