NHL Draft: An In-Depth Look at Alex Burmistrov

Todd CordellCorrespondent IJune 11, 2010

WINDSOR, ON - JANUARY 20:  Alexander Burmistrov #7 of Team Orr waits for a pass in the  Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects game against Team Cherry on January 20, 2010 at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario. Team Cherry defeated Team Orr 4-2. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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With the NHL draft now only a few weeks away, I am going to take a look at top prospect Alex Burmistrov, at the pros and cons of his game and where he might end up...


Pros: Alex Burmistrov is a top flight prospect for a few reasons, one of which is his world class speed. I watched him play live for the Barrie Colts (OHL) and his speed always seemed to stand out, also his hands are just outstanding.

Every time he touched the puck you got the feeling that he was going to make a play whether they scored or not.

Another thing that scouts really like about Alex Burmistrov is that he will play the PK and is not afraid to block shots. I am not saying he will block shots for fun, but he will not back down.

What has every NHL team interested in him is the fact that he is committed to playing in the NHL and showed that by leaving Russia and playing in the OHL for two years. His dream is to play in the NHL, and it looks like it is going to happen.


Cons: Alex Burmistrov doesn’t have many cons but one he does have definitely stands out. Alex Burmistrov is only 5’10”, which most teams don’t have a problem with; it is that he only weighs 172 pounds.

Under-rated aspects of his game: What many people don’t know and wouldn’t be able to guess about Alex Burmistrov is that he is a feisty player, he hits and throws all 172 pounds he weighs around a lot throughout a game. If he can add 15-20 pounds, any NHL team would be THRILLED to have him.


Where could he end up?

The most likely destinations for Alex Burmistrov are the Thrashers, Wild, Rangers, Stars and Ducks as he is expected to go around the 8-12 spot.

The Ducks are a wild card as they play in a tough physical division. However, when you have two picks in the 1st round of the draft you have to take a chance.

This concludes my in depth look at Alex Burmistrov. Enjoy!


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