Once promising forward and former first round pick Alexander Burmistrov has been placed on waivers this morning by the Winnipeg Jets.
Burmistrov (WIN) on waivers today— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) January 1, 2017
This is an expected move by the Jets. While once promising, Burmistrov has struggled since returning from a two-year stint in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Before leaving he was a positive possession player who was strong defensively. Now he is a lost player who is a shell of who he was when he was left. With this being the last year on his two-year contract it would not be surprising if Burmistrov leaves North America again.
The Jets have to wait until 12:00 PM EST tomorrow before they can decide what is next for Burmistrov, but it would not be surprising if he is assigned to the Manitoba Moose for the remainder of the season to fulfill his contractual requirements. The Jets might decide to recall no one in his place as Chris Thorburn is still with the team. They also might elect to bring in Brandon Tanev again, at least when they go on the road.
All in all, this is probably the end of the road for the Jets and Burmistrov which is a shame for the former eighth overall pick.