Burmistrov Finally Skates With Coyotes

(AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

It’s been nearly two weeks since the Arizona Coyotes claimed erstwhile Winnipeg Jets’ forward Alexander Burmistrov off waivers and he finally donned a practice jersey and went for a twirl on Friday.

At one time considered a blue chip prospect after being selected eighth overall by the Atlanta Thrashers in 2010, Burmistrov has been pretty much a bust his whole career.

He scored just two assists in 23 games under Paul Maurice in Winnipeg, a year after putting up modest totals of seven goals and 14 assists in 81 games. Burmistrov chafed under the previous regime of Claude Noel the year of the lockout and was angry at being sent to the minors (instead of being given the chance to sign in Russia) while the lockout was on and how he was utilized after it finally ended.

He would spend two seasons in Russia after the shortened 2012-13 season, with Ak Bars-Kazan.

The Coyotes, who are withering in last place in the Pacific Division, are probably hoping they get maximum effort out of the Kazan native.

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