#12. Alexander Burmistrov | C | Barrie (OHL)
Date of Birth: October 21st, 1991 Height: 5.11 Weight: 157lbs. Shoots: L Season Statistics: Regular Season | 62GP 22G 43A 65P 49PIM Playoffs | 17GP 8G 8A 16P 22PIM TSR Midterm Rank: 12 | Position Rank: 8th Forwards League Rank: 5th OHL | Country Rank: 2nd Russia
Alexander Burmistrov’s transition to the North-American game this year was quite impressive. In 62 games with the Barrie Colts Burmistrov put up 65 points. He followed this performance up by posting 16 points in 17 playoffs games. While some argue that these numbers are due to the fact he played on a star-studded Barrie Colts squad, you could easily make the case Burmistrov was a large reason as to why the Barrie Colts were such a dangerous team.
Offensively Burmistrov is the type of player who loves to have the puck on his stick. He has the ability to speed play up or slow it down when necessary. He has an extremely high hockey IQ and often sees the play before it develops. He has great hands and can make opposing defenders just look silly with some of the moves he pulls with the puck. He also has the ability to deliver tape-to-tape passes to his teammates from almost anywhere on the ice. Burmistrov’s creativity is really something worth the price of admission, he uses his skillset to his fullest ability and is the type of player who can really do it all.
When watching Burmistrov play you’ll very rarely notice his speed, as he is a slightly above average skater. However, he uses his skating ability very deceivingly creating space for himself when needed. Burmistrov is a very evasive skater, he excels and cutting in and out of traffic, and keeping space between himself and opposing players. Down low and on the cycle he can stop on a dime and lose defenders quite easily.
Defense is likely the most underrated aspect of Burmistrov’s game. He excels defensively at stealing the puck off of opponents sticks, as well creating turnovers with his skating ability. Burmistrov also shows a bit of grit in his game when necessary and is definitely not afraid to go in to any areas of the ice. At times he was also used on Barrie’s penalty kill unit, never looking out of place.
While Burmistrov is no doubt a great hockey player, there are a few concerns about his game. One of the largest is likely the fact that he weighed in at 157lbs at the draft combine. Burmistrov will likely have to add at least 20lbs to his current frame to compete in the NHL. At times this season Burmistrov has also shown consistency issues being seemingly invisible some nights. While Burmistrov is considered an elite offensive talent he likely needs to work on his shot as he does not have a lot of power behind it, this will likely improve as he adds more muscle over the coming years.
While rumors, which look to be true, have Burmistrov heading back to Russia for the 2010-2011 hockey season, he has definitely demonstrated that he plays a game that can easily translate to the North-American ice surface. However there is no doubt that this will hurt his draft status to a certain extent.
Pros: Creative, great hands, high hockey IQ, elite offensive talent, defensively aware
Cons: Size and Weight, consistency, shot could use improvement
Skillset comparison: Pavel Datsuyk