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By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: August 22nd, 2013

Sherry Bassin has envisioned a line of Connor McDavid, Connor Brown and Andre Burakovsky. Now the Erie Otters can make that happen.
Bassin, the OHL club’s managing partner and general manager, confirmed today that Burakovsky has committed to play with the Otters in the 2013-14 season. The Austrian-born Burakovsky, 18, whose expected to join his new team sometime next week for training camp at Mercyhurst Ice Center, was the fifth overall pick in the CHL Import Draft earlier this summer. The 6-foot 1-inch, 176-pounder also was the Washington Capitals’ first-round pick (No. 23 overall) in the National Hockey League Entry Draft in late June.
“He’s an elite player. It’s a great day for Erie Otter hockey,” said Bassin, who added that the opportunity to play the North American style of hockey likely played into Burakovsky’s decision to play for the Otters.
Kevin Epp, his agent with Titan Sports Management in Vancouver, British Columbia, said today that Burakovsky initially didn’t plan to join the Otters because “we didn’t know anything about the organization. At the time (after the CHL draft), we were thinking it was pretty hard to make a commitment to come play with an organization you know nothing about. I think since they drafted him, they took the time and effort to get to know him and his family, and wanted to know his needs (as well as) outlined what opportunity lied ahead for him to play in Erie.”

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: July 9th, 2013

The Erie Otters won’t give up on getting Andre Burakovsky in their lineup next season.
“I believe the best possible (way) for Andre Burakovsky to become a professional (hockey player) is to come and play with us,” Dave Brown, Otters assistant manager of hockey operations, said today in response to reports that Burakovsky, the fifth overall pick in last week’s CHL Import Draft and the Washington Capitals’ first-round pick in the recent NHL Entry Draft, won’t report to the Otters.
Brown said Otters officials weren’t surprised when they learned of the initial report Monday, which was in a tweet from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News. Kennedy reportedly received confirmation from Kevin Epp, Burakovsky’s agent with Titan Sports Management of Vancouver, British Columbia.
Brown said club officials have yet to speak with Epp and Burakovsky. Yet they received conflicting thoughts before the CHL draft regarding Burakovsky’s hockey home next season. Contacts within the NHL told Brown that the Austrian-born Burakovsky would play in the CHL. Patrik Aronsson, his agent with AC Hockey AB in Molndal, Sweden, told Brown that Burakovsky wouldn’t report.
Meanwhile, Brown has received positive feedback from Capitals officials, namely Director of Player Development Steve Richmond, about Burakovsky joining the Otters. “They think it’s a great idea (that) he play in Erie and get to play on a line with Connor McDavid,” Brown said.
Now Otters officials will wait to learn about the Capitals’ plans for Burakovsky. The Otters also plan to speak with Epp, Brown said, to “prove … we are as good an organization as we think we are.”

Note: I’m waiting to hear back from Sherry Bassin, Otters managing partner and general manager, who was unable to speak this morning because he was in a meeting. Epp hasn’t returned a message left earlier today, while Aronsson has yet to respond to an e-mail. Check back for updates as well as a report in the Erie Times-News on Wednesday

- Victor Fernandes

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