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Burrows: The Unnatural

11/05/2008 at 3:52pm EST

While I personally almost never shut up about my appreciation of Alex Burrows, it often seems like most of the league (aside from Canucks fans obviously) has no idea who the guy is.

So you can imagine my surprise and delight at seeing this in the latest Sports Illustrated posting by Michael Farber, titled: The NHL’s 5 Stealth MVPs where Burrows weighed in at #4:

On a team dominated by goalie (and captain) Roberto Luongo and featuring Daniel and Henrik Sedin, de facto first-line players, Burrows is a hard-working, under-the-radar guy. The Unnatural.

Burrows bounced around with three different ECHL franchises, slowly climbing his way to the AHL and then the NHL. He brings energy and attitude, in a good, non-Sean Avery kind of way while driving opponents to distraction. He spends more time in the penalty box than perhaps he should for a player with more than a modicum of skill—he had four goals and nine points in Vancouver’s first 12 games - but Burrows rarely takes retaliatory penalties. In a league where twosomes have overshadowed the traditional trio, he and center Ryan Kesler form one of the NHL’s finest workingman’s pairs.

A pretty good assessment, really. And Burrows getting recognition from SI? That’s practically supernova status for our entertaining agitator. :)

For anyone with a few minutes to spare, here’s a short clip on Burrows as he talks about his career and what drives him:

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