Burakovsky has 9 goals and 18 points in 13 games for Erie (The Associated Press)Not bad for an 18-year-old who technically plays on the Erie Otters' second line. While supporters of the Guelph Storm have a strong case to argue otherwise, the best show going in major junior is the Erie Otters with Connor McDavid and Washington Capitals first-rounder André Burakovsky, the maestro from Malmö.
It has taken scarcely little time to see why the Caps were comfortable placing Burakovsky with the Otters for this season, since the way he's schooled the occasionally Ontario Hockey League defender is a proof of his burgeoning confidence in his finesse game. The 18-year-old scored a perfect capper to the Otters' club record-tying 10th consecutive win on Saturday.
You can almost pinpoint the exact millisecond when Peterborough Petes defenceman Brandon Devlin realized he couldn't match Burakovsky's pace. Then the Austrian-born Swede pulled an inside-out move while knocking backchecker Jonatan Tanus' stick away from him, before using the forward as a screen on his shot.
Burakovsky, who made his pro debut in Sweden as a 16-year-old, has nine goals and 18 points already in 13 games for Erie, usually while performing on a line apart from the brilliant McDavid.
While the Memorial Cup-host London Knights are undergoing intense soul-searching (presumably) to get to the heart of their slow start, Erie and Guelph are creating a debate over who's the more exciting high-octane offensive show in the OHL.
Erie, playing .833 hockey, has scored 66 goals in 15 goals. Guelph, with its .800 point percentage, leads the entire Canadian Hockey League with 78 goals. Of course, on this end of it, pictures count more than numbers, so Erie gets extra credit for Burakovsky scoring its latest beauty goal.
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