Don't let Alexander Burmistrov's standing in the Canucks' depth chart fool you. There aren't many more compelling tales than the one he's scribed since first making the jump to the NHL as an 18-year-old eight seasons ago. At one point, it looked Burmistrov might be the type of building block centre a nominally rebuilding franchise like the Atlanta Thrasher, eventually the Winnipeg Jets, could build around for years to come. By his third season in the organization, though, Burmistrov had fallen out of favour with the Jets and was on the outs in every sense. What one might generously describe as a difference in philosophy between Burmistrov and then-Jets head coach Claude Noel paved the way for a return flight to the KHL's Kazan Ak-Bars for the 2013-14 season. At the time, Burmistrov was a picturesque player through the lens of most generally-accepted underlying shot and goal based metrics who just couldn't score. With Burmistrov on the ice from the 2010-11 to 2012-13 seasons, the Thrashers/Jets controlled 50.5% of all shot attempts at five-on-five. Only a handful of players within that organization had a higher ratio of shot share than Burmistrov in that stretch. Considering how young Burmistrov was and the ineptitude of the team for which he played, and that is more impressive than it might seem. And even with the ice so-tilted, Burmistrov tallied just 58 points over those 194 games. It seemed obvious, though, that the goals would come. Eventually.
Alexander Burmistrov trying to define role with Canucks
Sporting News | Sep 29