Sep 21, 2013, 6:50 PM EDT
The Washington Capitals have assigned 2013 first-round pick Andre Burakovsky to Erie in the Ontario Hockey League, after what coaches and teammates believed to be a strong showing at training camp.
“He’s going to be a very, very good hockey player,” Capitals head coach Adam Oates told The Washington Post.
“We sent him back to juniors so he can have a good year and keep learning, learning the language, and all the little things of growing up. We’re very happy with him.”
Burakovsky added an assist in Washington’s 5-4 shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday.
The Capitals selected the 18-year-old Burakovsky, a left-winger originally from Klagenfurt, Austria, with the 23rd overall pick in this year’s draft.
- Prust apologizes for all the stuff he said about referee Watson 22
- Flyers will be ‘extremely patient’ with youngsters, but ‘want a winner as soon as possible’ 11
- Here’s your Stanley Cup playoff TV schedule for tonight 13
- Holtby outduels Lundqvist as Caps take series lead 52
- Red Wings’ Devellano calls Mantha ‘very, very, very disappointing’ 65
- End of an era in New Jersey as Shero replaces Lamoriello as GM 26
- Once again, Rick Nash isn’t scoring in the playoffs 26
- Video: U.S. stays unbeaten at Worlds with win over defending champs Russia 9
- Andersen shuts out Flames as Ducks stay perfect in playoffs 6
- Wild can’t contain ‘Hawks star forwards in Game 2 46
- Niklas Kronwall suspended for Game 7 vs. Tampa Bay (116)
- Vigneault: ‘Standards have been set’ after Ovechkin, Backstrom hits (103)
- ‘You can’t win,’ ex-NHL ref Fraser says of Prust incident (82)
- Lightning’s Bishop silences Red Wings in hard fought Game 7 (81)
- Babcock won’t discuss future yet, but sees challenges ahead for Wings (78)