Burakovsky arrives for first Caps rookie camp

Burakovsky arrives for first Caps rookie camp
September 3, 2013, 4:00 pm
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Please excuse Andre Burakovsky if he’s a bit disoriented when he steps on the Kettler ice Wednesday for the start of his first NHL rookie camp with the Capitals.

It’s been a whirlwind of a summer for the 18-year-old Swede, from getting picked by the Caps in the first round [23rd overall] of NHL entry draft to attending his first prospects camp in Arlington, then wrestling over whether to remain in Sweden or heed the Caps’ advice to play in North America.

Early last week Burakovsky told the Erie Otters he would play for them and on his way from Sweden to Erie, his equipment was left behind in his connection city of Paris.

Burakovsky was unable to practice with the Otters until his equipment arrived, but he was able to move his belongings into a billet home, where he is sharing a place with Otters teammate Oscar Dansk, also from Sweden.

Despite missing a few practices and getting into only one scrimmage game, Burakovsky enjoyed a dominant OHL debut on Saturday, recording two goals and one assist while playing alongside center Connor McDavid and Maple Leafs prospect Connor Brown.

In fact that trio combined for 14 points in a 6-3 exhibition win over Niagara.

Two nights later they were held pointless in a 2-0 loss to Niagara.

Burakovsky was leaning toward returning to Sweden at the time the Capitals drafted him but after extensive conversations with the Capitals, his agent and his family, Burakovsky was convinced that his best route to the NHL was through the OHL, where he and Burakovsky and McDavid could be the most dynamic duo in the OHL this season, with McDavid projected as perhaps the No. 1 pick in next year’s NHL draft.

The Caps’ rookies will hit the ice at 4:15 on Wednesday at Kettler. All practice sessions are free and open to the public. The rest of the Caps will begin training camp on Thursday, Sept. 12.

Here is the Caps' rookie camp roster:

FORWARDS

3 FOSTER, T.J. *

15 MONARDO, Domenic *

17 STEPHENSON, Chandler

43 WILSON, Tom

63 BRAID, Chance *

65 BURAKOVSKY, Andre

75 LEIER, Boston *

79 WALKER, Nathan *

89 GAL, Blake *

91 HARNDEN, Zach *

93 LARSON, Justin *

96 STEFISHEN, Taylor

97 LINSMAYER, Rob *

DEFENSEMEN

28 RISSLING, Jaynen

47 CAJKOVSKY, Michal

53 HAAR, Garrett

55 BOWEY, Madison

56 WEY, Patrick

58 CARRICK, Connor

77 LEWINGTON, Tyler

88 SCHMIDT, Nate

92 PETGRAVE, Matt *

GOALTENDERS

1 GUINDON, Louis-Philip *

78 ANDERSON, Brandon

* Tryout Agreement