ARLINGTON, Va. -- Life was a series of adjustments for Andre Burakovsky last season.
In migrating to the Ontario Hockey League from Sweden, the Erie Otters forward and Washington Capitals prospect thrust himself into a completely foreign situation.
His schedule became consumed by hockey, leaving him with little free time outside the rink. On the ice the smaller playing surface presented its own challenges, particularly when it came to proper positioning and keeping pace with the speed of the game.
Burakovsky, attending Washington's development camp this week, characterized his first several games with Erie as "really, really bad."
"I was wondering how I could play so well the year before then come over here and nothing really worked for me," he said. "It takes time to learn the game. You don't just learn it one day. It takes weeks."
To those around him, though, whatever struggles he may have had were negligible.
"If he had problems at the beginning," Erie coach Kris Knoblauch said, "he didn't show them."