As time moves along, there’s less and less certainty on where Washington Capitals first round pick Andre Burakovsky will actually play next season.
The winger, who will likely not return to the Malmo Redhawks in Sweden, was selected fifth overall by Erie Otters in the CHL Draft Wednesday. Later that day, Malmo-based blogger MrMadhawk posted an interview with Burakovsky. As translated by HockeySverige.se editor-in-chief Uffe Bodin, Burakovsky is quoted as saying that “[being picked by the Otters] is not what I had in mind.”
Burakovsky has a lot of options on where he can play next season. He’s free to sign with any European team. Reports out of Sweden indicate that Malmo’s biggest rival, Rogle BK, who were relegated from the Elitserien this year, are interested in Burakovsky’s services. Helsingborgs Dagblad reached out to Rogle’s manager Anders Carlsson, who didn’t deny the team’s interest.
Burakovsky returning to Malmo hasn’t been ruled out either. Andre’s father, famous Swedish player Robert Burakovsky told Expressen.se on Tuesday they are not closing the door on anything. Then on Thursday, Burakovsky Sr. both confirmed that Rogle BK has interest in his son and that he’s also not happy with the team that picked his son in the CHL Draft. He also mentioned that a decision on where his son will play next year will be made after Caps Development Camp next week.
According to an unofficial Twitter account covering the Otters, @ErieOttersNews, Burakovsky had a deal in place with the Windsor Spitfires who were picking 11th in the CHL Import Draft. They also say it’s “far-fetched” Burakovsky will suit up for the Otters.
Well, there goes that RMNB road trip.