March 4, 2021

Washington Capitals select winger Andre Burakovsky with 23rd overall pick in NHL Draft

The Washington Capitals love their Swedes.

With the No. 23 pick in Sunday’s NHL Draft, the Caps selected left wing Andre Burakovsky, a 6’1″ 176 18-year-old from Malmo, Sweden. His father, Robert, was the 217th overall selection in 1985 and played 23 games for the Ottawa Senators in ’93-’94.

In 43 games for Malmo’s second division team last season, Burakovsky scored four goals and seven assists with eight PIMs. Playing for Sweden’s U-18 team, he had six goals and four assists in three games.

He’s known as a flashy and gifted offensive player, equipped with great hands and puck-handling ability and strong skating skills, as with many of the Swedish national players.

We’ll have more about the pick after Caps GM George McPhee meets with the media.

About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press and is a copy editor for the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, WA. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP

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