Capitals Drafted Burakowsy, Bowey, and Sanford

Updated: June 30, 2013

The Washington Capitals stood pat and selected 18 year-old Andrew Burakowsy with the 23rd pick in the NHL Draft today.  The Austrian-born left winger  played in 43 games in the Swedish Junior League and tallied  four goals, seven assists and eight penalty minutes.  Burkowsky is is known for a strong wirst shot, but has development needed.  Here is what Hockeys Future had to say about him.  Caps fans should not get too excited about seeing Burakowsky anytime soon.  According to Caps GM George McPhee, Burakowsy will take a little while before being NHL ready. 

André is very creative player with a strong wrist shot who loves scoring goals. He is extremely good at picking corners and putting shots in under the crossbar. Likes to move around defenses and is constantly switching sides of the rink in the neutral zone in order to open himself up for a pass or create space for his teammates. Wants to have the puck. His skating is currently strong and he’s agile and capable in tight spaces. A player who simply likes being on the move. Nothing special in carrying out defensive duties in his own end of the ice. Has grown considerably the past two years and has good size with a frame he can add weight to. May need to develop a more north-south game in order to be successful. Despite tendency to shoot, doesn’t exactly seek the most direct path to the net. Is used to playing with older, stronger players and has made the adjustments necessary to do so, but this has led him to having to play a more perimeter-style game since heading into traffic wasn’t necessarily the best option for him with his 17 year old’s body. Plays with a great deal of confidence when things are going well, but has shown the tendency to get down on himself when things are not going as expected.

With their second selection (No. 53 overall), the Caps drafted 18-year-old defenseman Madison Bowey of the Western Hockey League's Kelowna Rockets. Bowey escribes himself as a strong, two-way defenseman.  In 69 games last season, Bowey registered 30 points, with 12 goals and 18 assists.  Bowey was part of the Canada goal team at the 2013 U18 World Championship in which he tallied 2 goals and 2 assists in 7 games.  Bowey was ranked 7th among WHL rookie defensemen scoring in 2011-12 with 21 points in 57 games for Kelowna.  Caps should be happy with Bowey's skating abilities and speed on the blueline. 

Here is what Hockeys Future had to say about Bowey. 

Big-bodied rearguard is an excellent skater. Does not shy away from physical play. Rushes the puck with confidence. Plenty of exposure through international experience with Hockey Canada programs.

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A two-sport star growing up, Bowey also excelled in baseball. The Winnipeg native played pitcher, catcher and centerfield, even going to the national championship. But it was on the mound where he was truly most happy.

And keeping his eye on the prize has been important in hockey as well, where Bowey is ranked 33rd overall by International Scouting Services for the 2013 NHL draft. Best known for his skating, the 6-foot-1, 194-pound rearguard has posted six points through 10 games for the Rockets – and he’s only on the second power play unit. Needless to say, Kelowna is deep on the back end with New Jersey pick Damon Severson and the WHL’s fourth-leading scorer Myles Bell (who has been playing forward lately).

The Caps then traded three picks (Nos. 84, 114 and 127) to the Winnipeg Jets to moved up to the 61st pick to select Zachary Sanford, an 18-year-old left wing who will play at Boston College this fall. In 2012-13, Overall, Sanford tallied 12 goals and 36 points in 37 games and tore up the playoffs with 8 points in 7 games.

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