Trades have a 50/50 chance of being either great or a disaster for a player. In the case of André Burakovsky being traded from the Washington Capitals to the Colorado Avalanche, things have been on the better side of that 50/50 (except maybe for Tom Wilson #RIPBroBeans). And let me tell you I am so happy about it.
Burakovsky is one of those players I have always admired, with great hands and amazing talent. He’s one of those players you automatically want to thrive. So when things were glum in Washington, not gonna lie I was hoping there was something sunny for him on the horizon. And what do you know? A trade.
Burakovsky’s game has been amazing in his short time in Colorado so far. You can see growth and freedom in his game. First, let’s take a look at his first 19 games this season compared to last season.
In Burakovsky’s first 19 games last season, he had 4 points (2G 2A) with a -7 rating and an average of 11:17 on the ice.
In the first 19 games with the Avs, the left-winger has put up 14 points (7G 7A) with a +7 rating and an average of 15:01 on the ice.
That’s a juristic jump in the course of one season.
During Burakovsky’s last season in Washington, he put up 25 points (12G 13A) in 76 games. He only averaged 11:08 on the ice at the time. At the rate Burakovsky is going this season he is projected to pick up 100 points in that same amount of time. If he stays this hot and keeps healthy (something that has been a struggle), I think he can do it.
According to Hockey Reference, Burakovsky’s points per game are at all-time highs.
Even though it’s early in the season, I’m so happy that Burakovaky is doing this good to start off the season. He is a kid that has battled, he’s worked his ass off to show he belongs in this league. After being selected 23rd overall in 2013, things got rough in Washington and he admitted that it took a toll. He’s been through the wringer and has been open about it, even hired a sports psychologist to help him not get too down on himself.
This success is something Burakovsky deserves and I know that he’s a strong enough player to keep this good run pushing all season. The Avalanche have been hot this start and they’re in good hands with André on their side.
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