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Capitals first-round pick Andre Burakovsky was dominant late in the OHL regular season, and he has kept that trend going in the playoffs. In two games against the Saginaw Spirit, Burakovsky scored three goals, turning the Otters’ second line into a lethal weapon. (You know you have deep forward corps when your team can put both him and Brendan Gaunce on the second line.)

The Erie Otters won both games with a final score of 4-3, the second game decided in overtime. The third game will be held on Monday at 7:11 PM ET.

Burakovsky is currently tied for first in goals in these still-young OHL playoffs.

In the first game of the series, Burakovsky scored twice.

Burakovsky’s goals are at the 0:15 and 0:32 marks.

In the second game, Burakovsky scored just once, but had numerous opportunities to get more points.

Burakovsky’s goal on an excellent shot.

Great scoring chance, but he was denied twice by Jake Paterson.

Burakovsky’s wrister off the curl-and-drag goes just high.

  • Josh Carey

    Any chance we see him next year?

  • William

    Man. He’s slowly becoming the guy I hoped he would become. Maybe we will see him with the big club next year. This is exciting stuff-thanks for covering him fedor

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    He’ll have an AHL contract next year– I bet he plays in a Caps uni at some point, but I wouldn’t expect him full time until 2015-16.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    Ditto. Thanks for giving us something to look forward to, Fedor.

  • Chris Cerullo

    Really exciting to see the next tier putting up numbers. Our college guys are doing/did very well recently as well. Throw the USHL guys in there to.

  • yv

    Interestingly, I read that Burakovsky has blown all historic records for goals and points by Erie rookies, but Erie has decided not to put it in the record book because of OHL rules.

  • Barrett

    There’s one thing that GM George McPhee (or the scouting staff) can do and that is draft talent.

  • Fedor

    Not taking away from McPhee’s drafting talent (prospects stat line in the last few years says it all), I always felt like Ross Mahoney is one of the best talent evaluators out there.

  • DashingDave314

    Probably will at least for the beginning of the year (sort of as a tryout). But whole season? Probably not. I’d rather see him in Hershey getting top 6 forward minutes (and working on his defense) than getting fourth line minutes in DC.

    Also, I don’t want to be a buzzkill, but Burakovsky is line mates with McDavid, who barring injury or something unforeseen, will probably be the #1 overall pick in the 2015 draft.

  • Pat Magee

    Did we have the same scouts for the 2003 draft? I love Fehr, who is awesome; but the next 2 picks after him in the first round were Ryan Suter and Getzlaf. Just imagine if we had Suter this whole time! Or imagine a 1-2 punch of Getzlaf and Backstrom. Holy Sh!t.

  • Pat Magee

    Yeah, 4th line. Just kidding! Im sure he’ll tear it up on the Bears for a season!

  • DashingDave314

    Yeah, he still has to work on a few things. I’m still a little concerned about how he’ll adjust to the physicality of the NHL. The OHL isn’t that close to the NHL. The AHL is at least somewhat close to the NHL.