Two top Washington Capitals prospects in the Canadian Hockey League, Andre Burakovsky and Madison Bowey, saw their team’s seasons end on Friday night. Burakovsky’s Erie Otters fell to the Guelph Storm, and Bowey’s Kelowna Rockets were knocked out by the Portland Winterhawks (who feature another Caps draft pick, Garrett Haar).
Both series ended 4-1.
Burakovsky stands tied for second in the OHL playoffs in goals scored with ten, one behind North Bay Battalion forward Barclay Goodrow. According to Victor Fernandes of the Erie Times-News, Burakovsky left the last game of the series with an injury and did not return. Guelph’s play-by-play commentator Steve Fitzsimmons also tweeted that Burakovsky went to the dressing room late in the first period favouring his leg.
The shorthanded Otters were outmatched in game five just as they were through most of the series, losing 5-0 to the unstoppable Storm.
In regards to Bowey, he sits fourth in points and second in goals among defensemen in the WHL postseason with five goals and nine assists. The Rockets lost four straight games to the Hawks after Portland’s huge comeback in game two.
There’s a lot in common between the Rockets and Otters: both played well in the postseason before the conference finals and both lost to older, more experienced teams with boatloads of coveted NHL prospects.
Tyler Lewington and Medicine Hat were eliminated by Edmonton in five games as well. Overage defenseman Garrett Haar, who plays for the Portland Winterhawks, is now the lone Caps prospect remaining in the chase for the Memorial Cup.
Both Bowey and Burakovsky have signed entry-level contracts with the Caps. Bowey is expected to return to Kelowna next season. Burakovsky is not subject to restrictions preventing teenage CHL players from entering the AHL, so it is likely that we’ve seen his last game in an Otters jersey.