With an ongoing NHL lockout players are forced to search for
new teams to join during the duration, whether it the KHL or minor league
teams. Fortunately, for the St. John’s Ice Caps, players who are eligible to
make the move to the AHL are quickly being re-assigned by the Winnipeg Jets.
Thanks to this influx of NHL talent, the team is no doubt going to build off a
strong inaugural season which saw them go all the way to the Eastern Conference
finals where they would lose in 4 straight to the eventual Calder Cup champions
the Norfolk Admirals.

Among those players re-assigned last week to minor clubs,
Russian forward, 20-year old Alexander Burmistrov will sure bring a new edge to
the game for St. John’s IceCaps fans. Burmistrov was drafted in the first round
– 8th overall by the Atlanta Thrashers in the 2010 NHL entry draft.
In his first season with the club, Burmistrov scored 6 goals and added 14
assists in 74 games.

Last season, when the organization relocated to Winnipeg,
Burmistrov improved on his freshman year totals as he netted 13 goals and 15
assists in 76 games.

Evidentially, Burmistrov will be a handy utility for the
IceCaps next season. His speed down the wing will bring a new perspective to an
already dangerous St. John’s IceCaps offence which unfortunately struggled to
get the job done in the Conference Finals against the Admirals last season.

No doubt, if nothing else, Burmistrov should quickly become
a fan favourite as his NHL presence will be immediately felt as St. John’s
IceCaps fans will get a little taste of just what star talent lies within the
NHL.

 

Adam Reid

adam_mapleleafs@hotmail.com