Top Capitals prospect Andre Burakovksy is sitting out Team Sweden’s evaluation camp at Lake Placid, N.Y., because of a shoulder injury, a Capitals spokesman confirmed on Monday.
The injury is not considered serious and Burakovsky’s absence from the camp is precautionary, according to the Capitals. He is expected to be cleared before the start of the Caps’ rookie camp on Sept. 11.
Team Sweden’s evaluation camp is designed to give coaches a look at their country’s top under-20 players eligible for the 2015 World Junior Championships, which will be held over the Christmas holidays in Toronto and Montreal. Teams from the U.S. and Czech Republic also are participating in the camp, which began today and runs through Friday.
Taken with the 23rd pick of the 2013 NHL draft, Burakovsky, 19, had a strong rookie season with the Erie Otters of the OHL, recording 41 goals and 46 assists in 53 games.
Otters coach Kris Knoblauch said he believes Burakovsky is ready for the NHL and Capitals coach Barry Trotz said he was impressed enough by Burakovsky during last month’s development camp that he’d like to try him at center during training camp.