Credit: Capitals’ Instagram

Washington Capitals 2013 first round draft pick Andre Burakovsky has finally signed the three-year entry-level contract that he had already announced agreeing to last week. Burakovsky will now participate in both the Caps’ rookie and training camps. General manager George McPhee will then decide to either keep him in Washington or assign him to the AHL’s Hershey Bears or the OHL’s Erie Otters (where he had a bunch of success in his first game).

Per the Caps:

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have signed forward Andre Burakovsky to a three-year, entry-level contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

Burakovsky, 18, was drafted by Washington in the first-round (23rd overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft. The Klagenfurt, Austria, native registered 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in 43 games with Malmö of the Allsvenskan Swedish league in 2012-13. 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 recorded six points (three goals, three assists) in five games.

The 6’1”, 176-pound forward participated in the U-17 World Hockey Challenge and the U-18 World Junior Championship tournaments in 2012. Burakovsky recorded eight points (four goals, four assists) in six games at the Under-17 World Hockey Challenge, and helped lead Sweden to a silver medal at the U-18 World Junior Challenge where he registered three assists in six games.

Burakovsky, son of former NHL player Robert Burakovsky, will play for the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League during the upcoming 2013-14 season.

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  • yv

    Caps suddenly looking loaded in offence for next seasons, especially if Kuzya also joins Caps.
    However, Ian, I have mentioned in previous article comment new info about Kuzya, quite interesting for Caps big interview he gave to KHL site, hopefully rmnb will cover it soon. As characteristic for Kuzya dont know yet whether it is more encouraging or discouraging for Caps.

  • Pat Magee

    You should write a story about how much cooler Burakovsky is than Kuznetsov.

  • serpent

    And Burakovsky is smart enough to read that thing before he signs it.

  • When Kuzya is here, you guys are going to fall in love with him. I guarantee it.

  • Pat Magee

    *If* he comes, he’ll play his 3 year ELC, then leave back to the motherland forever. At least he will have played, though.

  • No, you don’t need to say if. He’ll stay a lot longer than 3 years if he ends up being successful too.

  • Pat Magee

    I really hope you’re right, Ian. I gave up hope on him after his latest interview…. 5 to 7 years…… GAAAAAAAH!