Granted, that doesn’t mean there’s no room for improvement.
“I do feel a lot more comfortable,” Burakovsky said. “There’s still a lot of things to work on. Everything’s not perfect, so there’s a lot of stuff I have to watch on videos and learn and try to do better. But I think it’s been pretty good in this preseason so far.”
Capitals head coach Barry Trotz praised his eagerness to learn and work ethic, but he provided some constructive criticism of the 20-year-old:
” … He has to recognize a little bit more that there’s a real confined area, so when he does get the puck in the middle of the ice, sometimes you’ve just got to move it just a hair quicker and then get it back,” Trotz said.
As far as forwards go, centers tend to carry the greatest two-way burdens.
Can he pull it off? Maybe, but chances are that it will also be a work in progress.