by PuckStopsHere on 03/29/09 at 07:37 AM ET
Can anyone guess who the top goal scorer in the month of March is so far this year? Rarely does a more improbable player lead the league in goal scoring for a month.
The answer is Alexandre Burrows of the Vancouver Canucks. He has ten goals so far in March. Burrows has settled in as the Sedins’ right winger and is doing a very good job. He is an unsung hero in Vancouver.
He has just signed an $8 million four year contract extension. This will keep him a Canuck and likely keep him at far below his open market salary.
Burrows had an improbable route to the NHL. He went undrafted after playing two seasons in the QMJHL. He moved on to play in the ECH and was by no means an instant star. He scored 32 points in 66 points, while splitting time between Greenville and Baton Rouge. It was his next season, where he played for Columbia (also in the ECHL) where things began to click. His 73 points in 64 games got him a tryout with the Manitoba Moose in the AHL. He spent one and a half years in Manitoba before being called up to Vancouver in the NHL. He was expected to be a checking line player who has little offensive upside. He seems to be proving that wrong.
Alexandre Burrows has been a surprise for the Vancouver Canucks. His good play has made him an important player for them. That is not too bad for a player who has never been fast-tracked to the NHL. At no point would Burrows have made a top prospects list and he is now outperforming many who did.
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