Fenwick For %
The first thing I noticed was that he scored his first shorthanded goal in two years ! ( Just kidding, though that is true ) You can see that his shooting percentage may not have hit the heights of 2011-12, but was definitely better than the previous year to this one. His PDO was slightly higher ( 97.9 ) than it was last year ( 95.2 ) , but still below an excellent career 101.5 since 2007-2008.
Check the Corsi For Percentage. In The Lost Year, it was still pretty good for those 49 games at 56.1, just below the career high year for that stat, 57.8 in 2012-13. Last year it was 52.4 %. Sometimes we can get tied in knots with the numbers a bit, but it is safe to say that Mr. Burrows had a bounce back season.
His detractors are always going to point to the $4.5 mil he makes and his age. But numbers aside, it was pretty easy to see that the Canucks were a better team in the 70 games Burr' played this year than in the 12 he did not. And it is no coincidence that the playoffs went belly up around the same time that his rib was busted by a linesman just a little too into his job of breaking up a fight. The man is still important to the team. While anyone can get traded ( and he has a NTC in his deal ), Alexandre Burrows remains too important to this team, for me at least, to do so. Even if one of his advanced stats numbers fell somewhat last year.
What did we Like ?
This is the fight mentioned above, with Kris Russell. They went at it really hard, so it is not beyond belief that he hurt himself during the fight. The report is that it happened when the linesman collapses on him at the end. Either way, it sucked that he could not play anymore hockey afterwards.
This play I include to remind us that, of all the players in the NHL, Burrows might be in the Top 10 as far as "not getting the benefit of the doubt". I do not put it here to open that debate again ( though it seemed pretty obvious that he was just turning up ice ). On a collision this innocuous, there was more than a few national pundits forced to eat their words afterwards, as they all jumped back on the "Burrows = Evil" narrative. The two game misconducts he got on the play were later rescinded as well! That happens all the time with Our man Burr'. And don't even get me started on how many power plays he would draw if he was not...you know...Burrows. ;-)