The 2013-14 NHL season has definitely been one to forget for Vancouver Canucks forward Alex Burrows. After missing 12 games because of a foot injury earlier this season, the pesky forward is on the sidelines again. Burrows sustained a broken jaw in the Canucks’ most-recent game against the Carolina Hurricanes when he was struck by the puck in a clearing attempt by teammate Chris Tanev. Burrows actually toughed it out, played the rest of the contest, and even did post-game interviews. Head coach John Tortorella says that Burrows will be on the shelf for at least the next four weeks after undergoing surgery.
Burrows has had four seasons with 25 goals or more including a career-high 35 tallies during the 2009-10 season. However, this campaign has been a disastrous one for the 32-year old forward. He has only three assists in 17 games and hasn’t produced a point in his last eight contests even though he’s been on a line with the team’s leading scorers in Daniel and Henrik Sedin.
The 14-10-5 Canucks have had some inconsistency in the scoring department this season, and Burrows not having notched a single goal is a key part of that. Last year during the shortened season he put up 13 goals and 11 assists in 47 contests. He’s also struggled defensively with a minus-7, the worst plus-minus rating of any forward on the team.
It’s clearly been the most trying season for Burrows as a member of the Canucks. He’d come a long way from his days in the ECHL to become a key contributor to a team that made a Stanley Cup Final appearance back in 2011. Burrows had missed just 14 regular season games since the 2006-07 season, but the injury bug is biting him big-time this season.
Rick LaFitte is an NHL Writer for Rant Sports