Let’s get this out of the way now: Andre Burakovsky is one of the best forwards on this team and never should have been scratched or sent to Hershey during the 2014-15 season.
|12:55||Average time on ice per game|
|54.4%||Shot attempt percentage during 5v5|
|61.1%||Goal percentage during 5v5, jesus, really? wow|
Burakovsky’s on-ice shot-attempt percentage in 10-game running segments, according to War on Ice
How Why do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
What a wonderful season Andre had. The only regret is that he didn’t spend the entirety of it getting top six minutes in DC. But the future is bright for the man they call Burracuda. For a frame of reference, here’s a look at how he compares to Flames rookie, and Calder Trophy finalist, Johnny Gaudreau, as well as his more highly touted and utilized teammate, Evgeny Kuznetsov.
First, their shot attempt percentage:
Next, their scoring chance percentage:
And, for good measure, points per 60:
The charts tell a story: Burakovsky can more than hold his own.
But let’s not just compare Burakovsky to a couple of the other better young players in the game, let’s also take a look at what kind of impact he had on his teammates. Burakovsky skated 45 or more minutes with nine different forwards.
Of the nine forwards, eight saw an improvement in shot attempt percentage when playing with Burakovsky. Only Nick Backstrom saw a slight drop, from 54 percent to 53.7 percent of shot attempts. All nine saw a shot attempt percentage of 51.5 percent or higher and five saw a shot attempt percentage of 54.2 or higher. This is what they call making your teammates better.
But, this isn’t a story only about possession. Burakovksy had similar results in terms of the percentage of goals scored when he was on the ice.
Seven of the nine saw an improvement in goals for percentage when skating with Burakovksy. When young Andre played with Michael Latta (48:40 TOI together) and Kuznetsov (46:45), the Caps saw 100 percent of the goals scored.
Perhaps even more impressive is the scoring juggernaut Burakovsky turned the first line into. The Caps scored 48.1 percent of the goals when Alex Ovechkin was on the ice without Burakovsky and 46.1 percent of the goals when Backstrom was skating without number 65. Burakovsky skated a little over 200 minutes with each and both of the Caps superstars saw a goals for percentage of 65.2 percent during that time. As a trio, they saw 55.4 percent of shot attempts and 68.2 percent of goals go in the Caps favor. In other words, it is completely ludicrous to not have Burakosvky on the top line.
What did you think of Burakovsky’s season, including the Caps’ handling of him? What kind of future do you see for him in DC?
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