Everyone’s favorite Caps roommates, Tom Wilson and Michael Latta, and former roommate and forever brobean Andre Burakovsky, are spending the All-Star break soaking up the sun in the Bahamas.
By the looks of this photo Wilson posted on Instagram today, they’re enjoying some (virgin, no doubt) piña coladas,ab crunches and getting behind on their chest shaving schedules. Wilson captioned the post, “Good vibes good friends ☀️ #bahamatings“
Andre Burakovsky was one the Caps’ most effective and productive forwards in 2014-15 when he was given the chance to produce. Expectations were high for the Austrian-born Swedish winger entering this season with many people, including myself, expecting great things. And then, nothing happened. Literally, nothing happened. Burakovsky had been invisible for long stretches of games this season, going 25 games without a goal between October 23 and December 30.
When Burakovsky scored on December 30, nothing ceased happening and everything began to happen. That is, the Burakovsky of 2014-15 re-emerged to remind us all to not forget about Dre. In the 12 games since then, and especially in the 10 games since his promotion to the second line, young Dre has shown an increase in confidence and production that leaves reason to believe the dynamic player from last season might be a reliable offensive weapon moving forward in 2015-16.
Let me be clear: I don’t care about the preseason of any sport, not even hockey. Takeaways from preseason are often worthless, for a wide variety of reasons. Intersquad scrimmages are even further down the ladder of things we should care about and read into. And, considering line combinations aren’t worth getting worked up about on a day-to-day basis during the season, no one should read much into lines from a scrimmage at training camp.
But let’s do it anyway.
Andre Burakovsky and Connor McDavid (Photo credit: Glenn Gervais)
Riley Barber wasn’t the only Capitals prospect to have a great Saturday. Andre Burakovsky of the Erie Otters recorded four points, two goals and two assists, in his team’s 7-1 blowout over the Mississauga Steelheads, concluding a big week for Erie during which they won three games and outscored opponents 19 to 5.
Burakovsky’s 37 points in 26 games are good for sixth in points among players under nineteen years of age. His 19 goals lead the age group.
Burakovsky is interviewed after being named first star of the game. (Photo via DaneFox)
Washington Capitals 2013 first-round pick Andre Burakovsky had his best game in the OHL so far on Saturday. He was named first star of the game after scoring a goal and recording four assists in the Erie Otters’ 8-4 win over the North Bay Battalion.