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