The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has re-signed forward Andre Burakovsky to a two-year contract through the 2021-22 season.
Burakovsky, 25, finished the 2019-20 regular season with 45 points (20g/25a) in 58 games, reaching the 20-goal mark for the first time in his career and also setting personal bests in points and assists. He led the Avalanche with a career-high six game-winning goals, which was tied for 10th in the NHL and was also tops on the team and sixth in the league in shooting percentage (19.4%). Burakovsky shared the team lead in multi-goal games (four) and ranked second in multi-point efforts (13).
In the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Burakovsky finished with 17 points (7g/10a) in 15 games, setting new postseason career highs in goals, assists and points. He was tied for third on the team in goals and ranked fourth in points. The Klagenfurt, Austria, native tallied three points (2g/1a) in Game 5 of Colorado's second-round series against the Dallas Stars on Aug. 31, a single-game playoff career high.
"Signing Andre was a priority for us this offseason. He has been a great addition to our team and was a big part of our success this season," said Avalanche Executive Vice President / General Manager Joe Sakic. "He's a very skilled player who brings speed and scoring to our lineup, and we're excited to have him under contract for two more years."
Acquired by the Avalanche in a June 28, 2019 trade, Burakovsky has tallied 190 points (82g/108a) in 386 career regular-season NHL games. He helped the Washington Capitals capture their first Stanley Cup championship in 2017-18, returning to the lineup after missing the first two rounds and recording six points (2g/4a) in 13 postseason games. Overall, the 6-foot-3, 201-pound left wing has dressed in 71 career playoff contests, producing 35 points (16g/19a)
Selected by Washington in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft, Burakovsky played his first professional season in North America in 2014-15, splitting the year between the Capitals and Washington's American Hockey League affiliate, the Hershey Bears. He has seven points (3g/4a) in 13 career AHL regular-season games.
Prior to turning pro, Burakovsky played one season for the Ontario Hockey League's Erie Otters in 2013-14 and finished the year ranked fourth on the team with 87 points, while his 41 goals and 46 assists each ranked third. He paced the Otters with 10 goals during the playoffs and finished the 2014 postseason with 13 points (10g/3a) in 14 outings.
Burakovsky, a Swedish citizen, spent three seasons with the Malmo Redhawks organization in Sweden, totaling 12 points (4g/8a) in 53 games in Allsvenskan, the second-highest professional league in the Swedish ice hockey system. He accumulated 49 points (20g/29a) in 55 contests in SuperElit, Sweden's top junior league. He represented his country at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship, tallying seven points (3g/4a) to help Sweden capture the silver medal.