Alex Burmistrov may only be 25, but he’s well traveled in the hockey world. He was originally drafted eighth overall in 2010 by the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets and played there until the shortened season in 2012-13 when he went back home to the KHL, playing for Ak Bars Kazan until the 2015-16 NHL season. After that, he came back to the Jets, where he started to feel like he wasn’t trusted.
When the Jets placed Burmistrov on waivers on New Years Day, the Coyotes grabbed him up, and it’s been nothing but high sailing for him since then.
Burmistrov’s numbers weren’t what many people thought they would be, but he has shown up when the team needed him. He was mostly deployed on the lower lines before Martin Hanzal was traded to the Wild. All of this also occurred right as he received a concussion off a hit from Colin Miller of the Boston Bruins.
Here’s a look at Burmistrov’s basic stats.
Burmistrov’s Basic Stats
On the surface, the numbers are not great, but then you remember how he was deployed before Hanzal’s trade, as a third or fourth line center in the defensive zone most of the time.
The most interesting number is the penalty differential. Burmistrov successfully drew three more penalties than he took this season with the Coyotes.
Alex Burmistrov is a player the Coyotes should look into extending, even if it's just a bridge deal to finish off his RFA (restricted free agent) years or a more long term deal to help the Coyotes down the line. Burmistrov had said he likes playing on a team that trusts him.
He had started to click with a few players before his concussion as he was up and down the lineup, trying to find his place. Post-concussion, Burmistrov was on fire the last few weeks he played. When he came back, he was lighting it up with Max Domi and Anthony Duclair, showing how exciting the Coyotes are going to be in the future.
I’ve written about him before, early in his time with the Coyotes. Burmistrov fits the young, speed game the Coyotes are shifting into. He picked up the systems quickly and fit with the struggling team, even when things were their most grim, he brought several bright spots to Coyotes games.
My overall grade for Alex Burmistrov is a B+. He has the potential to do great things, and let’s just hope he can do it with the Coyotes.
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