ARLINGTON, Va.- The Washington Capitals signed forward Andre Burakovsky to a three-year entry-level contract, Vice President and General Manager George McPhee announced Wednesday.
Washington drafted the 18-year-old in the first-round of the 2013 NHL Draft. He is the son of former NHL player Robert Burakovsky. Burakovsky, who is a Klagenfurt, Austria native had 11 points (four goals and seven assists) in 43 games with Malmo of the Allsvenskan Swedish League in 2012-2013. During the 2013 Under-18 World Junior Championships, Burakovsky posted five points (four goals, one assist) in five games with Sweden. He also represented Sweden in the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and had six points (three goals and three assists) in five games.
The 6 foot 1 inch, 176-pound forward participated in the U-17 World Hockey Challenge and the U-18 World Junior Championship tournaments in 2012. Burakovsky had eight points (four goals and four assists) in six games at the Under-17 World Hockey Challenge. He assisted in leading Sweden to a silver medal at the U-18 World Junior Challenge where he registered three assists in six games.
Burakovsky will play for the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League during the upcoming 2013-14 season.