Burakovsky, taken with the No. 23 pick in June, had 11 points in 43 games with Malmo in Sweden's second division last season. He also had four goals in five games for Sweden at the 2013 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.
The 18-year-old forward will play for the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League this season. He also will have a chance to play for Sweden at the 2014 World Junior Championship; he had team-highs of three goals and five points in five games for Sweden at national junior development camp last month in Lake Placid, N.Y.
I'm just excited about the opportunity. I've been on the ice earlier than usual and in the weight room, pushing around a little more weights than usual. Every day I go into a workout with a smile on my face and ready to go. When you do have a little more responsibility, you want to take your lunch pail and get ready to work.
— Brian Elliott to Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch on being the Blues' No. 1 goalie