Fantasy Take: Burakovsky sent to Colorado

Michael Clifford

2019-06-28

 

The Washington Capitals qualified Andre Burakovsky, meaning he was due $3.25M this year. The team was tight against the cap with some signings to make so a move seemed likely. That move came on Friday afternoon as he was traded to Colorado in exchange for a second- and third-round pick in 2020 and minor league winger Scott Kosmachuk.

Talk about timing! If you missed my Ramblings on Thursday, I discussed what Burakovsky can bring to a team. A lot of what needs to be discussed about Burakovsky as a player can be found there.

 

What Washington gets

The Caps have their Stanley Cup though I’m sure they’re looking for at least one more with this core. With that said, Alex Ovechkin’s contract runs out in two years, Nicklas Backstrom’s is up next year, and those two, among many other parts of their core, are on the wrong side of 30. It’s time to start stocking the cupboards a bit because there’s no telling who will still be on the roster in two years.

Komaschuk is just organizational depth. You can read his Dobber Prospects profile here

 

What Colorado gets

The Avs have arguably the best top line in hockey and a bevy of young defencemen set to make an impact. What the team was really missing is forward depth beyond the top line and Burakovsky helps solidify that.

Think about this: most people would agree that Burakovsky had a bad year in 2018-19. He was a healthy scratch at different points this past season and spent a lot of time in the bottom-6. Even with as bad a year as he had, he would have finished fifth on the Avs in points/60 minutes at 5v5 (from Natural Stat Trick), trailing the top line and Carl Soderberg, who was traded earlier this week. Even if Burakovsky isn’t a high-powered addition, he’s better than what the team had, especially when considering he’s a good defensive forward. He can help create offensive situations for his line mates and prevent them from the opposition. That’s a good acquisition.

Two questions: does he get to the top line and does he get to the top PP unit? The Colorado power play was lethal last year, out-scoring teams like Pittsburgh, Calgary, Washington, and San Jose. There was a rotating cast of fourth forwards like J.T. Compher, Tyson Jost, and