The Winnipeg Jets have announced the signing of forward Alexander Burmistrov.
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) July 1, 2015
The then Atlanta Thrashers made Burmistrov the eighth overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, signing him to his first contract on July 1st. Burmistrov made his NHL debut on October 8th, 2010 against the Washington Capitals, and scored his first NHL goal on October 29th against the Buffalo Sabres. Playing in 74 games, Burmistrov scored six goals and tallied 14 assists in his rookie year. In the 2011-12 season Burmistrov doubled his goal totals, scoring 13 for the season, and upping his assist total by one to 15.
The Thrashers/Jets sent the young forward down to the AHL for the beginning of the lockout shortened 2012-13 season, before recalling him at the start of the season. He went on to score four goals along with six assists in 44 games. Following that season, Burmistrov signed a two-year deal with Ak Bars Kazan of the KHL. In 107 games with Ak, Burmistrov scored 20 goals and 44 assists.
There were rumors following Burmistrov’s departure to the KHL that he had a falling out with coach Claude Noel, and was upset about be assigned to the AHL. He now re-joins the team that drafted him five years ago.
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Matthew Bowen has been covering the Chicago Blackhawks for 5+ years. He has covered the team for websites such as ChiCitySports, Bleacher Report and Blackhawksondemand.