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Washington Capitals prospect Andre Burakovsky managed to get drafted in the first round of two different drafts this week. The young winger, reportedly unable to reach an agreement on a deal with the Malmo Redhawks of second-tier Swedish league Allsvenskan, was selected fifth overall in a CHL Import Draft Wednesday by the Ontario Hockey League’s Erie Otters where he may join fellow Swede, Blue Jackets goaltending prospect Oskar Dansk.

According to’s Adam Kimelman, Burakovsky is open to playing in the CHL next season, but wants to discuss it both with his agent and the Capitals.

“I think either situation [Sweden or the CHL] would be good for him,” Capitals director of amateur scouting Ross Mahoney told Kimelman. “He’ll be a year older and have a chance to play more with the men, but also playing in major junior, playing against his peers, he’s going to get lots of ice time with the quality of athlete he is. Either way it’s a win/win situation for him.”

The Otters, who are followed closely by many junior hockey fans because of potential 2015 first overall draft pick, Connor McDavid, missed the playoffs for a second straight year last season. They also finished second to last in the OHL, which granted them the fifth overall pick they used on Burakovsky.

If Burakovsky indeed moves to the CHL, he will be playing in Erie, PA, just 365 miles from Washington, DC. RMNB road trip!

Dave Brown, Erie Otters’ Assisant GM of Hockey Operations

Chris Peters, CBS’s Eye on Hockey Blog

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  • jeremiah

    how are they at developing players? haven’t heard of the team as much as the spitfires, knights, whalers, owen sound? can’t think of the others but don’t hear of many erie players in the nhl

  • RESmith

    Would rather see him come to the CHL, where he will have a better guarantee of being in the line up each night (and playing against peers,) as opposed to going back to the Allsvenskan, where there is still the question whether older veteran skaters will get favored over him for ice time. Plus, he will be learning the North American game if he comes over and, hopefully, that will lead to less time needed to season him in Hershey.

  • BD

    Ryan O’Reilly played for the Otters.

  • Ralph

    Assuming info is correct: Boyes, Colaiacovo, Connolly, Montador, O’Reilly, Nick Palmeiri, Rupp, among others. And, of course, McDavid, who is the favorite to go 1st overall in 2015.

  • Jeremiah

    Boyes, Colaiacovo, Connolly, and Montador also a list of players bought out in recent years or about to be bought out right now. just saying