Atlanta Thrashers sign 18-year-old first-round draft pick Alex Burmistrov

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Thrashers have signed 18-year-old forward Alex Burmistrov, the team’s first-round pick this year.

Burmistrov, from Kazan, Russia, had 65 points, including 22 goals, with the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League last season.

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General manager Rick Dudley says Burmistrov earned the chance to compete for a roster spot in Atlanta through his improvement and hard work in training camp.

Dudley says Burmistrov has a tremendous understanding of the game.