Author: Jason Brough

Andre Burakovsky

Burakovsky is ‘overthinking things,’ will be healthy scratch again

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Andre Burakovsky is only 20 years old. The fact he’s already played 71 games in the NHL is pretty impressive, considering the three players chosen before him in the 2013 draft have combined for just six.

But right now, Burakovsky’s having a bit of a struggle. Tonight against the Oilers, he’ll be a healthy scratch for the second straight game.

“He’s just got to clear his mind,” coach Barry Trotz told the Washington Post. “He’s a young guy who’s thinking about a lot of things. I just talked to him about just worrying about his own game and not worrying about all the other stuff. He’s getting frustrated over things he doesn’t need to get frustrated over. He’s overthinking things, and what he needs to do is just concentrate on his own game.”

Stanislav Galiev, meanwhile, will remain in the lineup. The 23-year-old winger earned kudos from Trotz for his “pretty productive” performance in Saturday’s 7-3 win over Colorado. While Galiev didn’t score, he did have “some good looks,” according to his coach.

Prior to that, Galiev had been — for lack of a better term — “stuck” in the NHL, not quite good enough to crack the Caps’ lineup, but too valuable a prospect to risk losing on waivers.

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Bolland to be healthy scratch versus Kings

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Remember when Dave Bolland was a hot commodity on the free-agent market? It wasn’t that long ago, so you should.

To refresh your memory, the Maple Leafs wanted to keep him, but, ultimately, they couldn’t match the Panthers’ five-year, $27.5 million offer.

Bolland signed with Florida on July 1, 2014.

Tonight, he’ll be a healthy scratch versus the Kings.

Bolland played a season-low 10:58 in Saturday’s 5-4 overtime loss to the Rangers. The 29-year-old center has just one goal and four assists in 18 games. He’s also struggled at faceoffs, winning just 45.8 percent of the 275 draws he’s taken.

Oh, and against the Rangers, there was this:

The Sharks ‘really are out to prove something’


When Pete DeBoer was introduced as the new head coach in San Jose, he predicted a “big bounce-back” from the Sharks.

His reasoning?

“You’ve got a lot of proud people here that aren’t too happy about where they were sitting at the end of last season,” DeBoer said. “My history with that is, if you’ve got character and you’ve been through that, you’re ready to push back. And I think we’re going to see that.”

Fast forward to today and the Sharks are coming off a perfect six-game road trip, one that wrapped up Sunday with an impressive come-from-behind win in Columbus. San Jose trailed the Blue Jackets 3-1 in the third period; four unanswered goals made the final, 5-3.

“It’s a fantastic group of men in there that really are out to prove something,” DeBoer said, per CSN Bay Area. “It’s nice to be a part of what we just witnessed here.”

The Sharks returned home with a 13-8-0 record, good for first place in the Pacific Division.

On top of that, they should get Logan Couture back soon. That should help the depth issues, no?

Now, granted, it’s not all roses. Without goalie Martin Jones, there’s little chance that trip would’ve been so successful. The 25-year-old has arguably been the team’s MVP. Puck-possession wise, the Sharks still have some work to do. On the trip, they beat Detroit, Philly, and Pittsburgh despite getting outshot by a combined 101-64.

But hey, kudos to GM Doug Wilson for addressing the goaltending. The position was a weakness last year; now, it seems to be a strength.

The Sharks host the Blackhawks Wednesday. The game can be seen on NBCSN.

No, Marko Dano has not been sent back to Rockford

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Marko Dano has not been sent to Rockford, and Bryan Bickell has not been called back up to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Not yet anyway.

Dano’s simply not feeling very well. That’s why he was missing from Chicago’s morning skate in Calgary. He’ll sit out tonight’s game versus the Flames, but could play tomorrow in Vancouver, according to coach Joel Quenneville.

You certainly can’t fault those who wondered if Dano had been demoted to the AHL. The 20-year-old hasn’t made much of an impact since being called up at the beginning of the month. In eight games, he has just one goal and one assist, despite skating a decent amount with the likes of Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa.

Meanwhile, Bickell has four goals and four assists in just five games for the IceHogs.

Stanislav Galiev is stuck in the NHL

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It’s become a fairly common story in the NHL — a young player that would be better off in the AHL, but because he’s no longer exempt from waivers, he’s stuck in a league that’s not serving his development best.

Such is the case with Capitals forward Stanislav Galiev. The 23-year-old has only played two games for Washington this season, his last coming on Oct. 15. He did get to play five for Hershey, but because he was there on a conditioning assignment, he couldn’t stay longer than two weeks.

Which brings us to today’s story in the Washington Post:

That leaves the Capitals wondering what to do with Galiev, a prospect who needs to be developed but is watching NHL games from a press box seat instead of getting first-line minutes in the AHL.

That Washington is healthy and winning arguably makes it harder to justify inserting Galiev into a game. T.J. Oshie, Justin Williams, Andre Burakovsky and Tom Wilson are ahead of him; Wilson was projected to be a third-line winger, but the forward corps is so crowded that he’s back on the fourth line.

There have been teams that have gambled and lost in situations like this one. In October, the Canucks tried to get Frank Corrado to the minors, only for Toronto to swoop in and claim the 22-year-old defensman. (If not for waivers, the Canucks might be tempted to send 23-year-old forward Sven Baertschi to the AHL.)

Corrado, by the way, has yet to play for the Leafs. His conditioning assignment is over, too.

As for Galiev, all he can do now is work hard in practice and wait for his opportunity.

“We’ll get him in here fairly shortly, I think,” Caps coach Barry Trotz said. “We have to.”

Not that Galiev should be hoping for an injury, but it’s worth noting that Adam Clendening — another 23-year-old who’s no longer waiver exempt — is getting his chance in Pittsburgh in the wake of Olli Maatta‘s injury.