Who's this guy?
Position: Right Wing
Born: April 11 in Pincourt, QC, Canada
History: Signed as a free agent by Vancouver on November 8, 2005
What'd he do?
Burrows turned in a solid season for the Canucks with 13 goals and 11 assists. In a season where the Canucks were plagued with injuries, Burrows managed to stay healthy, appearing in every game except one. Burrows was the top goal scorer for the Canucks, and his 24 points were the fourth most on the team. Burrows spent plenty of time in the sin bin, racking up a team high 54 PIM in 47 games. He was also one of seven players on the team to rack up more than 10 assists. For those of you who enjoy the +/- stat line, Burrows was third on the team with a +/- of +15, ranking 25th in the NHL. Burrows also led the team with 140 shots on goal.
Against San Jose in the first round, the Canucks scored just eight goals in the four games, and Burrows had two of those. Ryan Kesler was the only other Canuck to score more than one goal. He was also scored one of Vancouver's two power play goals in the series.
So was he any good?
This season, Burrows was one of the most dependable players on the roster. He managed to stay healthy, which spoke volumes on this team during the short season. In a year where the Canucks finished in the bottom half of the league in goals per game, Burrows proved reliable to provide scoring. Sure, 13 goals in 48 games isn't elite or anything, and he was one pace for his lowest goal total in five years, but it still ranked him in the top 75 overall in the NHL (out of 895 players according to NHL.com). For staying healthy and generating scoring, Burrows was one of Vancouver's most valuable assets to the team in 2013.
What'd we like?
Remember that time he scored in six seconds to start the game against the Red Wings? No? You must have blinked. We were all convinced those jerseys had special powers at this moment.
And then there was that time where he made us think for a brief time that maybe, just maybe, this team had some life in the playoffs with their backs against the wall.
While this whacky shootout move might have backfired, it must've sounded cool on paper. And it was hilarious to watch, so I'll just leave this here for a good chuckle. Did it go in? No. But did it give you a healthy laugh? Yes.
We all like to think we'd be a good wingman for our friends. But this goal makes Burrows the wingman of the year, as it made Henrik Sedin the all-time leading scorer in Canucks' history.
So what now?
Fortunately for the Canucks, Burrows isn't going anywhere. Back in September, the Canucks signed Burrows to a four-year, $18-million contract extension. While the Canucks have a number of issues to address before getting back to the Stanley Cup Final, Burrows isn't one of those issues. He is a core part of this team, and will play a vital role in the years to come. His scoring was a little down from years past, but he still played a key leadership role, something that will be expected of him in the coming future.