Thrashers take Barrie Colts Burmistrov with 8th pick-But don’t look for him to bolt to KHL

Friday night the Atlanta Thrashers used their eighth overall pick in the NHL entry draft to select Alexander Burmistrov of Kazan, Russia. NHL.com’s Central Scouting ranked him 11th going into this weekend’s draft and list him at 5’-11” and 157 lbs.

Last season he played for the Barrie Colts of the OHL and scored 22 goals and 43 assists in 62 games played.

Alexander Burmistrov was the player the Thrashers used their 8th overal draft pick on (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Alexander Burmistrov put on a Thrashers jersey after being selected 8th overall by Atlanta. How long will it be before he wears one in an NHL game? (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

“He’s not a big man yet”, general manager Rick Dudley said of Burmistrov. “He’s now 175and he might be 185 by the time training camp rolls around. But the two things are the ability and the hockey sense…I got to believe that when Craig Ramsay watches this kid in training camp, he’s going to be exciting”.

HockeysFuture.com lists Burmistrov’s main abilities as, “speed and his playmaking ability. He is probably one of the more electrifying players in his age group, having the ability to create offensive opportunities when none might be obvious. Burmistrov’s lack of size could hinder him at the pro level, but he passed his first test in North America by turning in a successful season in the OHL.”

Director of NHL Central Scouting E.J. McGuire says of the Thrashers’ first round pick, “He’s like a water spider out there on the ice. Light on his feet, but he’s got a venomous strike like a snake when he goes on the offense”. Continuing, McGuire added, “Speed and agility, great fakes and he’ll bring players, fans, alike out of their seats. I’d compare him with a (Alexei) Kovalev, (Sergei) Samsonov or (Maxim) Afinogenov”.

According to Barrie head coach Marty Williamson, Burmistrov has a nice combination of European finesse and North American toughness. “He’s got European skill in a North American body and mindset,” Williamson says. “His skill level is phenomenal, but he’s a tough kid. His inner toughness is unbelievable.”

For those of you out there in the blogosphere who fear Burmistrov will bolt home to the motherland to play in the KHL…I honestly don’t think he’ll be pulling an Ilya Nikulin on us anytime soon. Consider his comments recently reported by Christopher Botta of NHL.fanhouse.com.

When will Burmistrov play in the NHL?

  • This coming season as a rookie (37%, 41 Votes)
  • 1 to 2 years from now (61%, 68 Votes)
  • 3 or more years from now (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Never (1%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 111

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“I really hate the KHL. I really, really hate it. It’s for old guys”, Burmistrov said of the Russian league. “I don’t want anything to do with the KHL for a long, long time…maybe ever”.

So, the question in Thrasherville today should not be “will he play in the KHL?” as much as it is “will he play in the NHL?”…or at least when it comes to this coming season.

My initial response would be, no…not this year. Burmistrov needs to hit the weight room, add some muscle to his frame before we see him in a Thrashers uniform. That plus there is this guy named Patrice Cormier that Dudley is really high on, and I think we’ll see him with a real shot at cracking the lineup this fall. If he does, then we’ll have such centers as Nik Antropov, Rick Peverley, Jim Slater, Cormier and Todd White on the roster. In addition, Bryan Little can also play the pivot.

So, I think Burmistrov will get a year, maybe two, to develop.

Saturday’s 2nd Through 7th Round Updates

The draft will continue this afternoon and I’ll update here as the Thrashers make their picks. The Thrashers have five more picks in the draft as of now… No. 87 in the third round, No. 101 in the fourth ,  Nos. 128, 150 in the fifth and 158 in the sixth round.

But as Chris Vivlamore reports, it’s likely Rick Dudley and the Thrashers aren’t done dealing.

“I expect we will have a second-round pick [Saturday],” Dudley said.

3rd Round Pick: With the 87th overall pick in the third round, the Thrashers select 6’-3” 186 lbs. Canadian defenseman Julian Melchiori of the CCHL.

This draft pick was obtained by way of Montreal when Mathieu Schneider and Atlanta’s 3rd round pick in 2009 was dealt to the Canadiens in February of 2009. Anssi Salmela also came this way in that deal.

4th Round Pick: With the 101st overall pick in the fourth round, the Thrashers pick select Ivan Telegin, a 6’2: 194 lb. Russian left wing who plays with Saginaw of the OHL.

5th Round Picks: With the 128th overall pick in the fifth round, the Thrashers take Fredrik Pettersson-Wentzel, a 6′-1″, 169 lb. Swedish goalie.

With the 150th overall selection in the fifth round, the Thrashers pick Canadian Yasin Casse, a 6’-3” 210 lb. right wing who plays for Des Moines of the USHL. This selection was obtained from the Chicago when the Blackhawks traded for San Jose’s 6th round pick in 2009 that Atlanta had previously acquired.

6th Round Pick: With the 158th overall pick in the sixth round, The Thrashers selected Kendal McFaull. He’s a 6’-2” Canadian defenseman who plays with Moose Jaw of the WHL.

Extra 6th Round Picks Obtained: The Thrashers made a deal to get a pair of extra 6th round picks…they give up next year’s fifth rounder. With 160th overall pick, they took Tanner Lane, 6’-2” high school center from Minnesota. With the 169th pick they chose Sebastian Owuya, 6’-3”, 194 lb. Swedish defender who plays with the Timra JR squad.

The 160th had belonged to the New York Islanders and the 169th had belonged to the L.A. Kings.

7th Round Pick: The Thrashers picked up a seventh round pick, the 199th overall. With it they took Canadian defenseman Peter Stoykewych. He’s 6’-2”, 188 lbs. And plays with Winnipeg South of the MJHL.

I believe that pick also belonged to L.A.

51 comments Add your comment

Stephen

June 26th, 2010
12:29 pm

First? Good Pick

Jonathan

June 26th, 2010
12:43 pm

Good pick. Will probably play in the NHL with one to two years more experience.

Alan R.

June 26th, 2010
12:44 pm

I’m really high on this pick. Perhaps there were better options, but as I said on Chris’ blog, we weren’t the only team who drafted based on a need in the first round.

World Be Free

June 26th, 2010
12:47 pm

Bill, any news on Torchetti? I thought we were close to gettinh him. I looked at Torch as the eventual replacement to Ramsay in a few seasons. We shall see.

More on Ilya Nikulin – it was very fashionable to draft Russians earlier in the decade. The number of Russian players drafted has fallen back substantially since then due to the KHL. So drafting him made sense back then, we was a talented player.

Bill Tiller

June 26th, 2010
12:51 pm

WBF – First off, great to see you last night along with Kracker, RiceOwls, JLH, Goose and all the others last night.

As we discussed, really the only thing I’ve heard about Torch is that the two side are still talking money. That, plus, the Hwks are not really keen on him making a latteral move to come here…although I’m not sure whether or not there is much they can do about it.

Flagstaff

June 26th, 2010
1:22 pm

Wonder if we’re going to trade up in the draft, to get a later 2nd rounder. Any thoughts, Bill?

Bill Tiller

June 26th, 2010
1:27 pm

Flagstaff – In C-Viv’s write up of last night, he quotes Rick Dudley as saying he expects we will have a 2nd rounder…

James Brown

June 26th, 2010
1:31 pm

Just by Rick Dudley`s comments since he has taken the helm…………Don`t be surprised if both Burmistrov and Cormier make the team outta training camp………….I think we will know a little more after Prospect camp about Burmistrov but I have a gut feeling that Dudley and Ramsey will give these two talented young players every chance to grab a roster spot……Dudley has raved about both kids` toughness. What a great young nucleus of talent the Thrashers have now………….just think if Esposito can recover and make it back……………I feel very positive about the direction of the organization.

Flagstaff

June 26th, 2010
1:45 pm

Well, so much for that. I’m probably going to be disappointed, but for some odd reason I want Kabanov, pretty badly.

Flagstaff

June 26th, 2010
1:56 pm

Hmm! I see a trend!

Alright, I don’t want the Thrashers to make the playoffs.

R. Stroz

June 26th, 2010
2:03 pm

Dudley didn’t acquire a second round pick. OOPS.

I guess no one wanted MacArthur.

James Brown

June 26th, 2010
2:12 pm

Its all a crapshoot from here on out………In Dudley we trust!

Bill Tiller

June 26th, 2010
2:18 pm

:!: THRASHERS 3rd ROUND PICK :!:

With the 87th overall pick in the third round, the Thrashers select 6’-3” 186 lbs. Canadian defenseman Julian Melchiori of the CCHL.

Flagstaff

June 26th, 2010
2:19 pm

A defenseman? Odd…

Flagstaff

June 26th, 2010
2:36 pm

Well, I guess that at this point, these guys so far away from playing from us that the best strategy really is to take the best player available.

JLH

June 26th, 2010
2:38 pm

I like the Burmistrov pick, but I don’t understand the weight discrepancy? I believe his weight at the combine, just a few weeks ago, was 157……… wouldn’t that be the most reliable measurement? Where would Dudley get the 175? I like our new general manager, but he does seem to fudge the details at times.

Alexander

June 26th, 2010
2:38 pm

R. Stroz

June 26th, 2010
2:39 pm

JLH – Maybe he’s dyslexic.

Bill Tiller

June 26th, 2010
2:40 pm

:!: THRASHERS 4th ROUND PICK :!:

With the 101st pick in the fourth round, the Thrashers pick select Ivan Telegin, a 6’2: 194 lb. Russian left wing who plays with Saginaw of the OHL.

JLH

June 26th, 2010
2:52 pm

Stroz – funny!

Bill Tiller

June 26th, 2010
3:35 pm

:!: THRASHERS 5th ROUND PICKS :!:

With the 128th overall pick in the fifth round, the Thrashers take Fredrik Pettersson-Wentzel, a Swedish goalie.

With the 150th overall selection in the fifth round, the Thrashers pick Yasin Casse, a RW in the USHL.

sisu

June 26th, 2010
3:45 pm

interesting picks so far, no real gems yet…time will tell :)

Bill Tiller

June 26th, 2010
3:56 pm

:!: THRASHERS 6th ROUND PICK :!:

With the 158th overall pick in the sixth round, The Thrashers selected Kendal McFaull. He’s a 6’-2” Canadian defenseman who plays with Moose Jaw of the WHL.

Alan R.

June 26th, 2010
4:12 pm

A defenseman? Odd

Not very, considering he’s going straight to NCAA this year.

Brendan

June 26th, 2010
4:17 pm

Rawhide, thanks for the great updates!

Bill Tiller

June 26th, 2010
4:20 pm

:!: EXTRA 6th ROUND PICKS OBTAINED BY THRASHERS :!:

The Thrashers made a deal to get a pair of extra 6th round picks…they give up next year’s fifth rounder. With 160th overall pick, they took Tanner Lane, 6’-2” high school center from Minnesota. With the 169th pick they chose Sebastian Owuya, 6’-3”, 194 lb. Swedish defender who plays with the Timra JR squad.

The 160th had belonged to the New York Islanders and the 169th had belonged to the L.A. Kings.

fes

June 26th, 2010
4:29 pm

we have a lot of swedes.

on a different note, great extra time goal by ghana. c’mon usa, let’s get back in this.

The Real Thrash

June 26th, 2010
4:43 pm

So much for the 2nd round pick expectation, huh?

Bill Tiller

June 26th, 2010
4:45 pm

:!: THRASHERS PICK UP 7th ROUND PICK :!:

The Thrashers picked up a seventh round pick, the 199th overall. With it they took Canadian defenseman Peter Stoykewych. He’s 6’-2”, 188 lbs. And plays with Winnipeg South of the MJHL.

Hockey Biltong

June 26th, 2010
4:51 pm

any trade rumours????

sisu

June 26th, 2010
4:56 pm

I am surprised by some of the picks but when you get past the 2nd round who knows how these pan out?

kracker

June 26th, 2010
5:09 pm

A tweet about Tanner Lane – BenThrashers Thrashers used the 160th pick on high school forward Tanner Lane. As a high school player he had 90 points in 26 games.

kracker

June 26th, 2010
5:14 pm

Did team USA get another goal disallowed today?

I don’t have any respect for a game played on what is said to be a world stage at such a slow pace with a huge ball and still they can’t (or won’t) referee the critical scoring calls correctly.

kracker

June 26th, 2010
5:17 pm

BenThrashers Thrashers used 9 picks on 4 dmen, 1 goalie and 4 forwards. 4 Canadians, 2 Russians, 2 Swedes, one American.

R. Stroz

June 26th, 2010
5:22 pm

Since golf and futbol are two of my least favorite sports, I think the two should be combined, have a guy tee off using his foot to kick a futbol two hundred yards to put the ball in a big hole. Also, the attendees must make as much noise as possible. Break out the horns.

Bill Tiller

June 26th, 2010
5:24 pm

kracker – Yes, very balanced draft. 4 Euro-players, (2 Russian and 2 Swedes) and 5 from North America, (4 Canadien and one from the US).

It was also very balanced as far as positions are concerned. There were 4 forwards taken, (2 centers, a LW and RW)…4 defensemen and 1 goalie.

In contrast, last summer the Thrashers selected 6 forwards, 2 defensemen and a goalie. 8 draft picks came from North America and only 1 was Euopean.

Hockey Biltong – The only rumor I heard was Dudley telling C-Viv he expected to trade for a second rounder. I guess it didn’t pan out.

Alan R. – A very happy birthday to you, my friend!!

R. Stroz – Please give your tax exemption my wishes for a happy birthday as well…

Alan R.

June 26th, 2010
6:40 pm

Many thanks to you, Bill!

kracker

June 26th, 2010
8:44 pm

BenThrashers Head scout Marcel breaks down every player the Thrashers drafted: http://bit.ly/aXxAPh

This should be good!

rob

June 26th, 2010
9:09 pm

Well another draft from a vast pool of players who play in a vast amount of different leagues with no rhyme or reason. As for having too many centers….oh no what a horrible position to be in, having too many playmakers. Time will tell but at least there is a possibility next season will be fun again. Next stop, FA, before summertime. When do the prospects start training? LMAO

Putting On The Foil

June 26th, 2010
9:42 pm

Rawhide. Just wanted to say thanks for taking the time to continuously keep us posted, day in and day out, on the Thrashers. Your wife must be the bomb. Think Burmistrov was a great pick after the Isles took Niederreiter. Wish I could have joined you guys at the draft party, but Savannah is a long way to travel.

Nate

June 26th, 2010
9:45 pm

Burmistrov has a shot to make the roster in my opinion. We’re not as deep at center now with Reasoner gone. Antropov and Little are better on the wings. Todd White is better on vacation. That leaves Pevs and Slater. Cormier makes the team that makes three. That leaves Burmistrov a spot to go out and grab by the horns or let slip away if he doesn’t impress at prospect camp or doesn’t put on enough weight by the time training camp comes around. To be honest I like his chances. Everyone had the same weight issues with Evander last summer and that worked out just fine. White will be traded or waived if Burmistrov shows he deserves his spot. And if it doesn’t pan out they can move Antropov back to center.

Tom

June 26th, 2010
9:55 pm

Who is this Bill Tiller guy and what has he done with our Rawhide? :)

I feel like Clark Kent has taken over the blog.

Bill Tiller

June 26th, 2010
10:12 pm

Rawhide. Just wanted to say thanks for taking the time to continuously keep us posted, day in and day out, on the Thrashers. Your wife must be the bomb.

FOTF – Oh…she is. She issssssssssssssss :cool:

Todd White is better on vacation.

Nate – Not gonna argue with that logic.

Tom – Couldn’t slip that one past you, ‘eh? Well…when I took this gig over in the fall of aut-7, I wanted to make sure everyone knew they were getting insight from a fan…as the title says, “a ‘fan’s’ perspective of the Thrashers”. Since I used the screen name “Rawhide” prior as a blog commenter I simply kept the name attached to the one my parents gave me 45 years ago.

Anywhoooo…since then I’ve carried “Bill”, “The Iceman” and “Rawhide”…and I just figured now that I’m going into my 4th year of hosting this little blog-thingie, people understand who and what I am. So…just Bill now.

Oh..and “Iceman” too, I guess. The AJC still insists that it remains the official name of the blog and whomever hosts it in days to come.

R. Stroz

June 26th, 2010
10:39 pm

people understand who and what I am. So…just Bill now.

Nope, not gonna do it. It’s RAWHIDE…RAWHIDE…RAWHIDE…

fes

June 26th, 2010
10:43 pm

ditto. rawhide.

kracker

June 26th, 2010
11:16 pm

Bill…the official “Iceman” of the AJC! Already a legend in his own mind….but the legend is growing and for good reason. We love ya, Icebill

Brendan

June 27th, 2010
5:27 am

I’m a little bit surprised not to see more Swedes in the 1st round. If a GM is in the 5th round, hasn’t the foggiest clue what to do there, with 3 picks or more, I’d be looking at Swedish prospect list. That nation is producing very fine talent. It’s shot in the dark territory anyway, I like Swedes in that situation.

The Real Thrash

June 27th, 2010
6:55 am

“It didn’t work out,” Dudley said. “We tried to move up, but teams were asking an arm and a leg. In some cases, the player they wanted was still available and they asked way too much. Melchiori was one of the players we were trying to move up to take. We were pretty happy with how it worked out.”

This sounds so much like “Waddell speak”. Everyone else missed on this player but we got it right.
How has that worked out for us in the past? And he going to play in college so we won’t see him for several years.

Pittsburgh Pirate Fan

June 27th, 2010
9:47 am

Real Trash, so many of these kids don’t make it to the NHL. The percentages drop substantially after the 2nd round. I try not to compare Dudley with Waddell, since Dudley has a proven past. If the deal wasn’t there, then I guess we have to assume it was not. Toronto made a trade to move up, but they had to since they didn’t have a #1 or #2.

rob

June 27th, 2010
9:54 am

TRH,
the glass is always half empty isn’t it?

Bill Tiller…..sounds better than Jeff Putz or Mark Badly……you changing the name on the jersey to Tiller too????