I got to know about Alexander Burmistrov* through reporting about SDR and the Barrie Colts. I was kinda sorta hoping he'd fly under the radar a bit so the Caps might have a shot at drafting him, but it looks like he'll go much higher. Though the article only mentions him once, Ovechkin's influence as a physical player seems to be percolating down into Russian hockey. *The article sidesteps the issue, but Barrie management paid (somebody in Russia, not sure who) at least $100,000 for "Burmy" to come to North America to play. The loss in four straight to Windsor was very, very painful.