Just posting a profile...not my pick here in the 24th round...if it was, we'd all be fired...Dave Burrows
6'1" / 190 lbs.
As a Penguin: 1971-1978, Nov. 1980-1981 (573 GP - 24 goals, 108 assists, 132 points)
- 3rd among Pens D in career GP (Stackhouse, Orpik), 10th among Pens D in career Assists, 5th among Pens D in career shots-League Recognition / Award Voting
Hart: 10th (3rd among D!)
Norris: 7th, 8th, 8th, t-13th*
All-Star Team (D): 7th, 8th, t-14th, t-16th*, t-22nd*
* - one vote
2x NHL All-Star: 1974, 1976
Was invited to camp Canada in the 1976 Canada Cup
-----Approximate Ice Time Among Pens D-men:
1971-72: 3rd in ATOI, 3rd in ES TOI, 2nd in PK (was 3rd in ATOI, ES TOI to players with 34 and 44 games, respectively - Burrows played 77)
1972-73: 3rd in ATOI, 1st in ES TOI
, 3rd in PK
1973-74: 1st in ATOI, 1st in ES TOI, 1st in PK
1974-75: 3rd in ATOI, 4th in ES TOI, 1st in PK
1975-76: 1st in ATOI, 1st in ES TOI, 1st in PK
1976-77: 2nd in ATOI, close 2nd in ES TOI, 3rd in PK
1977-78: 2nd in ATOI, 1st in ES TOI, 1st in PK
1980-81: 6th in ATOI, 6th in ES TOI, 6th in PK
Legends of Hockey wrote:Most people will agree that Bobby Orr is the best defenseman ever. But how about the best pure defensive defenseman? While there are a lot of candidates, one of them would have to be the heavily underrated and under appreciated Dave Burrows.
While Orr lit up the scoreboard during the 1970s, Burrows was busy preventing goals with the Pittsburgh Penguins...
Burrows wasn't a physically dominating, crease clearing blueliner. Instead he relied on a greater understanding of the game to be in perfect position no matter what scenario he was faced with. He was an expert shot blocker and above all else, was known as one of the best skaters of his time. He amazed many observers with his incredible speed and agility. Some felt he could skate faster backward than most could go forward.
"I took a lot of pride in being able to move laterally and backwards with great ease. It took a lot of practice, but it was something I enjoyed doing," he said.
"In fact, I used to get a big kick out of skating backwards on two-on-one breaks or one-on-one breaks against me when I was back on defense. It was a challenge trying to break up situations like that. I enjoyed that part of the game the most."
Unfortunately for Burrows and defensive minded rearguards like him during the 1970s, he received virtually no recognition. Bobby Orr revolutionized the way defensemen played the game. No longer were they on the ice to stop goals, but instead to create offense.
Ed. Note on last bolded: He was 3x Top-10 finisher for the Norris in that time!
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Feb. 5, 1976 wrote:...defensive star for the Pittsburgh Penguins. ||| The Penguins are surpassed in defensive ineptitude only by the Washington Capitals, Kansas City Scouts and New York Rangers. Burrows manages to rise above the record, a glittering example of a defenseman's defenseman. At long last, help is on the way.
The Pittsburgh Press - Oct. 14, 1975 wrote:"He is the best defenseman in hockey," Boileau said, "so why shouldn't he be on the ice?" That statement is easy to make as long as the cast remains on Bobby Orr's leg, but becoming the Penguins' designated "Superdefenseman" is all right with Burrows. ||| Boileau said he may even use Burrows on the point during the power play... ||| "He's cool out there," Boileau said, "and he anticipates well. The most important thing a pointman can do on the power play is keep the puck in the attacking zone, and Burrows does that well."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Jun. 22, 1973 wrote:Two of the brightest stars in the Penguins' galaxy will be around the Civic Arena scoring goals and stopping goals for some time to come...Dave Burrows, one of the most rapidly-rising defensive players whose future is unlimited, has autographed a three-year paper. ||| St. Paul (WHA) sought Burrows' services with a bundle of greenbacks. There seems to be little argument among hockey men that Burrows rapidly is becoming one of the best defensemen in the NHL. He is not spectacular, like some defensemen, but it is seldom an opposing player is able to get past him for a good shot on goal.