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Munz: Coach Noel says he had no issue with Burmistrov

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Brian Munz
7/18/2013 7:24:40 PM
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Winnipeg Jets head coach Claude Noel says he has no issue with forward Alexander Burmistrov.

Following the fourth day of Jets Development Camp at MTS Ice Plex on Thursday afternoon, Noel was questioned on the fact Burmistrov's camp in Russia stated there was a difference of opinion between the 21-year-old and himself.

"I like Alexander Burmistrov, I've said that for two years. I've liked the way he's played. I would have liked to have seen him do some things to further his career. He's a smart player, he remains our property.

"I really don't have any comment on what somebody else says," the coach continued. "If Alexander had problems with me he's never mentioned it to me. He's played two years here, he's played a lot of minutes for us in a lot of situations."

When asked if Burmistrov would ever wear a Winnipeg Jets jersey again, Noel replied "that will be decided by a lot of factors that I have no control over."

As for the final day of Development Camp that concludes Friday, the watchful eyes of Jets fans remain focused on forward Mark Scheifele and defenceman Jacob Trouba

The head coach was asked how much rope he will allow for these two first round picks to earn a spot on the NHL roster. "The amount of rope that you're going to give young players coming in is first of all, you're going to probably allow them to play quite a few exhibition games so that they can gather experience as quick as you can.

"For example Trouba came in last year and we were not able to get him into a game which we would have liked, so for him the use of exhibition games would be helpful. Scheifele has played some games here, so they will get every opportunity.

"I'm used to looking and working with young players, that's kind of how my career has gone so I understand that. I think when you look at a player you have to recognize that yes he looks this way in October but if the player and the coaching staff does their part in trying to help him continue then this guy may become a player in January or February as he gets more experience. You have to look farther than the first day or the first month."

2013 first round draft pick Josh Morrissey is getting his first experience in Winnipeg and tells TSN 1290 it's everything he had hoped for and more.
 
"It's been a whirlwind, a lot of fun, learning a lot each day. It's been challenging physically, but it's definitely giving me a good indication of how hard the guys in the NHL work. Also just seeing the fans support has been pretty cool."

As for all players who will attend Jets training camp in early September, Noel re-iterated "At the end of the day, players determine where they land."

Alexander Burmistrov (Photo: Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images)

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