Alex Burrows had a fabulous season, and he didn’t get enough credit for it. Though he failed to top his career-high 35 goals from the season prior, he still potted an impressive 26 goals in a shortened season after missing the entire preseason and the first 10 games of the regular season while recovering from shoulder surgery. Granted, Burrows’s totals were overshadowed by the 41-goal seasons put up by both Ryan Kesler and Daniel Sedin, but it’s important to note that Alex Burrows did his damage without powerplay time: his 24 even-strength goals, one more than either Kesler or Daniel, led the Canucks.
One misconception that I hope to clear up during Alex Burrows’s entry in the Every Goal series is the notion that anybody could do Burrows’s job. It’s a cushy gig, to be sure, but a lot of guys have flunked out of it because it’s not an easy one to keep. In order to make himself a consistent passing option, Burrows has to stay one step ahead of the Sedins. Were this a simple task, there would be no such thing as Sedinery. Burr works his tail off to be in the right place at the right time, reading plays, fighting for space, going hard into corners and even harder to the net. In short: sure, his stat line benefits from the Sedins’ fabulous playmaking skills, but he makes things as easy for them as they do for him. Take in every goal Alex Burrows scored in 2010-11 and you’re sure to notice that.Continue Reading —›
He shows no sign of the trademark Calcavecchia gut. Or the short temper. His clothes are stylish and trendy and altogether un-CALC-like. There is not a single pleat to be found. And yet, somehow, against all the logic we managed to come up with (in the fifteen-or-so minutes we spent thinking about it) with [...]Continue Reading —›
Adam Hadwin has just pulled into a tie for the lead on Saturday at the Canadian Open. There is a lot to be excited about. The young man is coming off a strong showing at this year’s US Open, where he finished tied for 39th, and was the low-Canadian at last year’s Canadian Open. But [...]Continue Reading —›