Who: Alexandre Burrows
Weight: 188 lbs.
Born: April 11, 1981 in Pincourt, Quebec
Burrows was undrafted at the NHL level. He was signed by the Canucks in 2005.
What did he do?
He played most of the season on the top line again, but spent some time on Line 2 with Ryan Kesler and David Booth as well. He remains a solid 2-way player and an agitator, and we love him, don't we?
Was he any good?
Statistically, Burrows about mimicked his 2010-11 season. In 2010-11 he played 72 games and recorded 26 goals and 48 points and was a +26. This past season he played 80 games, scored 28 goals (2nd on the team) and 52 points (3rd on the team) and was a +24 (2nd on the team). I guess those stats are about what we will see from Alex as
opposed to his anomaly season in 2009/10, where he scored 35 goals and 67 points. This past season, he scored 3 power play goals with a 2:08 average play time per game and only allowed 4 PPG's against. His 2 shorthanded goals led the team. His huge 7 game winner led the team as well. He is clutch. Alex was 4th on the team in shots (198). His 14.1 shooting percentage led the team for all players who played over 20 games.
What grinded my gears about Burr?
It's really tough to say anything bad about Alex MotherF***ing Burrows. But if I had to pick something...it would be that I expected more from him offensively this season. Like I said above...maybe he has plateaued in that aspect. But amongst the forwards he was 2nd on the team in even-strength time and 4th with power play time on ice. In that regard...and yes I know he's a 2 way guy...he needs to produce more with those given minutes.
Oh..and 1 goal in 5 playoff games was surprise to me. That was a disappointment for sure. Impressive stat though: he was only a -1 in those 5 playoff game. So he kept the opposition at bay at least.
Maybe he has another 35 goal-67 point season in him. I never question his desire. It is a possibility. If the Canucks do not acquire another top 6 forward this off season then Burrows remains in the top 3-6 forwards and will be given every chance to better his output. If he falters on Line 1 look for David Booth to take that spot. Yeah I know..I keep saying that.
Expect the Burrows-Kesler shorthanded duo to remain intact.
Anyway...good season, Burr! Keep up the solid work!
A couple of AMFB highlights
Burrows scores while on his butt against the Flames in November:
Burrows ends Detroit's massive home win streak in trademark style: