Winnipeg – The Winnipeg Jets and unhappy forward Alex Burmistrov have parted ways- via the NHL waiver wire. The 25 year old center has been claimed by the Arizona Coyotes after managing just 2 assists in 23 games with the Jets this season.
Burmistrov came out of the pre-season as one of two extra forwards on the 23 player roster, but had an opportunity to move up the depth chart when Bryan Little was injured during the first period of the home and season opener versus Carolina.
Unfortunately for Burmistrov, he did not do nearly enough in many parts of his game (minus 5 in first 12 games/4 giveaways in his first 3 games/53-94 on faceoffs) and eventually found himself back in the press box when Little returned to active duty in late November.
The 6-1, 180 pound center was the 8th overall pick of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the then Atlanta Thrashers. His best season in Winnipeg was his first as a Jet, scoring 13 goals and adding 15 assists for 28 points in 74 games.
Burmistrov scored just 4 goals and totaled only 10 points in 44 games during the lockout year after agreeing to begin the season with the St. John’s Ice Caps of the AHL. The following season he decided to play for his hometown team AK Bars Kazan in the KHL, but returned to Winnipeg just 2 years later.
Burmistrov had 7-14-21 in 81 games last season and was reportedly being “shopped around” by the Jets this past summer.
Winnipeg plays in Arizona a week from Friday.