After picking up his first career point in the NHL on Wednesday, the Atlanta Thrashers have decided to keep Alexander Burmistrov for the length of the season.  The Thrashers dressed the Russian center in his tenth game of the year Friday, eliminating the possibility of him returning to Barrie.

Burmistrov rewarded Atlanta’s decision by scoring his first career goal in the Thrashers win over the Sabres Friday.

In his ninth game, and seemingly the most pivotal of his young career, Burmistrov and Anthony Stewart set up Evander Kane in the second period at Madison Square Garden, helping Atlanta win 6-4.

Burmistrov has played in all of Atlanta’s regular season games so far this season, averaging just under 15 minutes per game.  On Wednesday his ice-time peaked at 17:18, more than any other Thrashers forward.

Atlanta has won back to back games, improving their record to 5-4-1 on the season.

The 19 year-old is one of six first-round draft picks that still remain with their NHL clubs.

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