Andre Burakovsky‘s junior team, the Erie Otters, kicked off the OHL Western conference finals against Guelph Storm on Thursday.

The series features the league’s two best regular-season teams and could become the best match-up of the playoffs, featuring three NHL first-round draft selections (Burakovsky, Brendan Gaunce, and Jason Dickinson) as well as three shoo-ins to be picked in the first round of either 2014 or 2015 (Robby Fabbri, Connor McDavid, and Dylan Strome).

Game One more than lived up to the hype: the teams combined for nine goals on 53 shots, trading the lead all game long. Guelph won 5-4 at home and retained home-ice advantage. Burakovsky, playing on the Otters second line with Strome and Michael Curtis, was the catalyst of Erie’s attacks, earning third star of the game honors.

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Photo: Erie Highlight Reel

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.

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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.

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Washington Capitals 2013 first-round draft pick Andre Burakovsky is off to a great start in his OHL career. He’s been playing on the Erie Otters’ second line and has 18 points in 13 games. Erie has tied their franchise-best ten-game winning streak after a 4-0 win over the Peterborough Petes on Saturday.

Burakovsky scored a highlight-reel goal in the third period of the game, marking his fourth straight game with points.

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Andre Burakovsky Scores Five Points in One Game

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.

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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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Photo credit: HockeySverige.se

Washington Capitals prospect Andre Burakovsky managed to get drafted in the first round of two different drafts this week. The young winger, reportedly unable to reach an agreement on a deal with the Malmo Redhawks of second-tier Swedish league Allsvenskan, was selected fifth overall in a CHL Import Draft Wednesday by the Ontario Hockey League’s Erie Otters where he may join fellow Swede, Blue Jackets goaltending prospect Oskar Dansk.

According to NHL.com’s Adam Kimelman, Burakovsky is open to playing in the CHL next season, but wants to discuss it both with his agent and the Capitals.

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