Rumors out of Canada this week suggested that young Winnipeg Jets forward Alexander Burmistrov wants to be traded, although reports on that issue are conflicting. If the rumors have any shred of truth to them, it is something the Jets need to squash immediately as trading Burmistrov would be a horrible move on their part. Burmistrov may have struggled this season, but he is still incredibly young with a ridiculous upside. Head coach Claude Noel showed little faith in him this season, and hopefully that is not a sign that the organization is ready to give up on their former top pick from the 2010 draft.
After Burmistrov managed just four goals and 10 points in 44 games this season, it’s not a surprise that some Jets fans think getting rid of him would be the best option. It’s important to then point out that Burmistrov spent most of the season on the Jets’ two lower lines, playing alongside little talent and getting few opportunities. The news he might be a trade option no doubt has other teams salivating as they dream of what he could do on a top line alongside star players. The Jets also missed a huge opportunity here if they do end up trading him, as his value plummeted due to poor performance and low scoring totals.
Unlike more recent top prospects, Burmistrov was immediately rushed into action (then with the Atlanta Thrashers). He scored six goals and had 20 points as a rookie, and then scored 13 goals and had 28 points during the 2011-12 season. He’s a restricted free agent and likely won’t see much of a raise form the $1.5 million he was making, but it seems way too early for the Jets to give up on him.