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Burmistrov looks to get career on track in AHL

Oct 7, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

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Alexander Burmistrov is a player the Winnipeg Jets hope can live up to his potential and the lockout might turn into the best thing for him.

Thanks to the owners and players duking it out, Burmistrov gets a free pass to play in the AHL with the Jets’ AHL affiliate, the St. John’s IceCaps. While his NHL career to this point has been rocky, he tells the Winnipeg Sun he wants to get things done in the minors.

“You know what, it’s a great level. It’s good competition for me,” said Burmistrov. “I hope this will help me be better and better. For myself, I have to score some goals, get some assists for my linemates and my goal is to try and help the team win games.”

Burmistrov is the lone NHL guy set to play in the AHL and the Jets are fortunate he’s not on an NHL-only contract or else he’d likely be in the KHL by now. If he can get his game straightened out, the Jets’ offense will get a much needed boost.

  1. antkowiak666 - Oct 7, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Burmi does have alot of potential…i wish him the best.

  2. lostpuppysyndrome - Oct 7, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    He had shades of Datsyuk many times last season but I think he lacked confidence. Hopefully Atlanta didn’t rush him into the NHL and ruin him. The AHL should help him develop a bit more.

    • danphipps01 - Oct 7, 2012 at 5:24 PM

      Hopefully. Olli Jokinen as a #1 centre really doesn’t sound like a good idea at this point in his career. Burmistrov’s got the potential to be their top guy for years if he can find some consistency and confidence.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:25 PM

        I don’t think they intend to make Jokinen the #1 C. 2nd or 3rd for sure,.and it remains to be see if Scheifele makes the jump this year too. Little was C between Ladd and Wheeler on the 1st line at times last year. At this point, I’d almost say the C order isn’t clear cut. Just have to wait and see.

      • danphipps01 - Oct 8, 2012 at 12:45 AM

        Fair enough, and I hope you’re right, believe me – but they sure as hell look to be paying him a top pivot’s salary.

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