Here’s a photo of Andre Burakovsky not playing hockey. (Photo: @alex_prewitt)
Scratched for the last three games, Caps rookie center Andre Burakovsky seemed like the perfect candidate to play in the World Junior Championship and regain his confidence. Team Sweden head coach Rikard Gronborg added “Andre has clearly stated to us that he wants to participate in the tournament.”
Well, hold up. TSN’s Bob McKenzie tweeted on Thursday night that the Caps don’t plan to let Burakovsy attend the tournament. The Caps themselves say no decision has been made yet.
WSH does not plan to release Andre Burakovsky to play for SWE in WJC. Highly unlikely EDM loans Leon Draisaitl to play for GER.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) December 12, 2014
Ten minutes later, the Capitals responded.
Caps say no decision yet on Burakovsky's WJC status, which doesn't exactly contradict @TSNBobMcKenzie saying they plan to withhold him.
— Alex Prewitt (@alex_prewitt) December 12, 2014
On Monday, Caps head coach Barry Trotz told The Washington Post’s Alex Prewitt that, “We will do exactly what’s best for the Washington Capitals and Andre Burakovsky … That’s our main focus.”
With a crowded roster and little playing time available, is this what’s best? I am skeptical.
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