August 25 2015 09:44AM
Alex Burmistrov came to Canada as a 17-year-old to play for the Barrie Colts of the OHL during his 2009-10 draft eligible season. After playing his youth hockey for his hometown team Ak Bars Kazan in Russia, he wanted to come and play in Canada to get accustomed to the North American style of hockey and get a better grasp of the English language.
He did so to pursue his dream of playing in the NHL.
August 24 2015 01:26PM
The Winnipeg Jets wished the 6'2 centre from Ann Arbor to start his pro-career sufficiently enough to burn a year of Andrew Copp's entry level contract last year.
A cursory glance of Copp, a veteran forward from the NCAA, may lead one astray, as Copp has never eclipsed a point per game pace. That said, there are a legitimate causes for Jets management to be so high on Copp.
We continue our summer prospect profile series, checking in at #10.
August 24 2015 07:00AM
The Winnipeg Jets made the playoffs for the first time since the move to central Canada.
They made it without superstars, but rather with depth. The Jets carried legitimate top-nine scorers on their fourth line at times between Jiri Tlusty and Lee Stempniak. With the loss of both of those players, plus Michael Frolik and Jim Slater, the Jets have quite a few openings in their roster.
A team with so many holes would often look to free agency to fill the gaps, but it looks like the Jets will turn to internal options.
I was hoping to go back, but from what my agent told me, they were looking to some spots to young guys. They have some very good prospects there that they were looking to give some ice time to. I don't think we ever fully closed the door on it, but at this point, if I had to guess, it doesn't look too promising.
So what does this mean for the Jets and Jets fans alike?
August 24 2015 06:00AM
The next five profiles in our prospect series have been completed, so let's take a look.
Continue past the jump as we highlight numbers 15 through 10.
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August 21 2015 06:45AM
Pavel Bure's Legends Hockey League, Trevor Linden defends GM, is Babcock really better than Carlyle, Flames new arena, Sam Bennett at centre, McDavid and Hall get head start on season, free agency and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen