With an ongoing NHL lockout players are forced to search fornew teams to join during the duration, whether it the KHL or minor leagueteams. Fortunately, for the St. John’s Ice Caps, players who are eligible tomake 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 astrong inaugural season which saw them go all the way to the Eastern Conferencefinals where they would lose in 4 straight to the eventual Calder Cup championsthe 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 tothe 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 14assists in 74 games.
Last season, when the organization relocated to Winnipeg,Burmistrov improved on his freshman year totals as he netted 13 goals and 15assists in 76 games.
Evidentially, Burmistrov will be a handy utility for theIceCaps next season. His speed down the wing will bring a new perspective to analready dangerous St. John’s IceCaps offence which unfortunately struggled toget the job done in the Conference Finals against the Admirals last season.
No doubt, if nothing else, Burmistrov should quickly becomea fan favourite as his NHL presence will be immediately felt as St. John’sIceCaps fans will get a little taste of just what star talent lies within theNHL.