Burmistrov shows maturity in accepting Jets’ decision

- September 17th, 2012

Alex Burmistrov was quick to put the speculation to rest.

When speaking with members of the media on Monday morning for the first time since the Winnipeg Jets assigned him to the St. John’s IceCaps of the American Hockey League, Burmistrov told reporters he was fine with the decision and that he would report to The Rock, should the NHL labour impasse drag on.

That means Burmistrov won’t be making his way home to play in the Kontinental Hockey League to play for Ak-Bars Kazan in Russia.

Although the slick forward could make more money playing in the KHL, it’s hard to argue that spending some time in the AHL won’t benefit Burmistrov, who had 13 goals and 28 points in 76 games last season but suffered through several cold spells.

There’s no doubt Burmistrov has the skill to be a productive NHLer, has the smarts to be effective in his own zone and has some bite in his game as well (as evidenced by him taking a run at Boston Bruins giant Zdeno Chara during the regular season).

However, for whatever reason, Burmistrov simply lacked the consistency required to make an impact on the game on a regular basis — especially as a Top-6 forward.

And because of that, it makes more sense for Burmistrov to go down to the minors to work on his game rather than head to the KHL to play on the bigger ice.

From the Jets standpoint, it will also be easier to have some impact on his development if he’s under the watch of IceCaps head coach Keith McCambridge.

During the last lockout — as witnessed first-hand here with the Manitoba Moose in the AHL — the level of play was outstanding and plenty of players who went down that year ended up taking major strides in their development before they became permanent NHLers the following season.

Hopefully, this NHL season won’t be lost but even if Burmistrov only spends 10 or 20 games in the AHL, it should provide some long-term benefits for both the player and the team.

 

 

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