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Washington Capitals first-round pick Andre Burakovsky scored a hat trick in the World Juniors preliminary round game against Norway that ended, quite unsurprisingly, in a blowout of the Norwegians, 10-0.

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Burakovsky at Team Sweden camp (Photo credit: Claes Hall/Skanskan Dagbladet).

Washington Capitals 2013 first-round pick Andre Burakovsky created a little bit of controversy before the World Juniors in his hometown of Malmo. In an interview to Skanskan Dagbladet’s Christer Cederlund, the shifty Swedish winger said that Tre Kronor is better than the annual favorites, Team Canada.

Here are Burakovsky’s quotes, as translated by friend-of-the-blog Jacob Ware:

Burakovsky: I know what the Canadians bring and when I look at what they have and what we have, I think we have a better team on paper. We will see how they play and how it goes for us.
Cederlund: What do Swedes do better than Canadians?
Burakovsky: Canada has a few “skill players” but the rest are just hard-hitting, grinding guys. We’re more well-rounded, more skill to go with physical play. We also have much better goaltenders.

Sick burn, Andre.

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Burakovsky carries the puck during a game against USA at the U18 World Championships last spring. (Photo credit: Matthew Murnaghan/HHOF-IIHF Images)

Washington Capitals prospects Andre Burakovsky and Christian Djoos have been selected to the list of 26 players named to Sweden’s preliminary roster for the World Juniors, which will be held in Malmo, Sweden.

Djoos, 19, won silver with Team Sweden last year in Ufa, Russia, while Burakovsky was left off the roster.

Djoos is an offensive defenseman with good passing and a high hockey IQ. His size and defensive abilities are question marks as he looks to move to the next level (the Caps have until next June 1st to sign him). He has struggled offensively this year with Brynas in the SHL after an impressive second half of last year.

Burakovsky is on a roll as of late. On a stacked Erie Otters team, he has 39 points in 27 games so far. This will be a special tournament for Burakovsky, who was raised in Malmo and played there for the local Redhawks before coming over to North America to sign with Erie, where he plays with his fellow countryman goaltender Oskar Dansk.

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Washington Capitals first-round pick Andre Burakovsky has been on a roll lately. With an eight-game point-scoring streak, the 18-year-old Swede is now tied for ninth in the OHL in goals (15) and tied for 18th in points (25).

In Sunday night’s 7-1 thumping of the Sarnia Sting, the crafty winger scored three goals for his first career hat trick in the OHL. With one more goal in Saturday’s 3-2 victory over the Oshawa Generals, that’s a four-goal weekend. Burakovsky also scored the game-winner in both games, giving him a league-leading five GWGs on the year. That’s remarkable.

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Monumental Network provided a live telecast of the Caps Alumni game Thursday to the delights of thousands. During the game’s third period, Washington Capitals radio man John Walton and Comcast SportsNet sideline reporter Al Koken noticed some Caps players watching the game along the boards. After one particularly brutal shift by Olie Kolzig (on defense!), Monumental’s cameras panned to goalie Braden Holtby, flanked by teammates Tom Wilson, Steve Oleksy, and Andre Burakovsky (seen above checking out his guns). Holtby couldn’t stop laughing.

Let’s hope Braden comes back to play in alumni games after he retires. I can’t wait to see how funny he thinks it is then when he can’t fully crouch and a 70-year-old Kolzig is scoring goals on him.


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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).

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The Otters’ top line. (Photo credit: Otters Twitter)

Washington Capitals first-round pick Andre Burakovsky scored two goals and recorded an assist in his Erie Otters’ debut against the Niagara IceDogs in the team’s first preseason game of the season. Throughout the game, Burakovsky, wearing number 95, took regular shifts with on the Otters’ first line, centered by 2015 draft top prospect Connor McDavid. On Burakovsky’s opposite wing was Leafs’ sixth-round pick Connor Brown. The trio combined for 14 points in a 6-3 drubbing of Niagara.

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Washington Capitals 2013 first round pick Andre Burakovsky has waffled on where he will play next season, but that’s over now. Burakovsky has personally announced that he has signed a three-year entry-level deal with the Washington Capitals.

Over the summer, Burakovsky’s contract with the HockeyAllsvenskan’s Malmo Redhawks expired. Then, before the CHL Import Draft, Burakovsky came to a verbal agreement to play for the Windsor Spitfires. Instead, the OHL’s Erie Otters drafted him. Burakovsky said, “[being picked by the Otters] is not what I had in mind.”

After passing several self-imposed deadlines, Burakovsky announced his decision to sign with the Capitals this morning to Malmo-based blogger MrMadhawk. If he does not make the team out of training camp, Burakovsky will either play with Erie along with potential 2015 first-overall pick Connor McDavid or the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears. Since Burakovsky was drafted out of Sweden, he is eligible to play in Hershey as soon as this season.

Friend of the blog Jake Ware has the translation of Burakovsky’s announcement.

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Riley Barber checks Sweden’s David Gunnarsson (Photo credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Six Washington Capitals prospects participated in the Lake Placid National Junior Evaluation Camp tournament held this past week featuring teams from the USA, Canada, Finland, and Sweden. The Swedes unofficially won the tournament with three wins in five games.

Under the jump, I recap the performance of all Caps prospects.

Yeah, I watched a lot of internet streams last week.

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Andre Burakovsky has been in North America for about a week, but he’s already made himself a new best friend. Rooming with fellow first-round pick Tom Wilson, the Austrian-born Swede was introduced to mac and cheese as he bonded with his new Canadian buddy. Well, RMNB’s Ian Oland asked Burakovsky if his bestie had him try any other new foods while he was here. The forward’s English isn’t perfect, but his answer was.

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