Scenes from the rink: Kyle Burroughs setting higher expectations for himself as the team’s ‘7th Defenceman’
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By Faber1 year ago
The Vancouver Canucks held an off-ice workout at Rogers Arena on Saturday morning and though the players didn’t take to the ice, some players and the coach spoke to the media.
Here are some interesting takeaways from the media availability, as we focused on Kyle Burroughs.
What we saw
We didn’t see the workout, and as mentioned in the first sentence of this article, there was no on-ice work done today.
What we did see was Kyle Burroughs and the continued growth of his great moustache.
“I just like to have the moustache,” said Burroughs. “I think it’s awesome.”
Burroughs also told us that during the team’s shootout drill on Thursday — where every player needed to score a goal — the loser of the game had to grow a moustache for the next month. The loser of the competition was Oliver Ekman-Larsson. So, we will be seeing a new stache on the team in the coming weeks.
“I’m excited to see what [OEL’s moustache] is going to look like,” Burroughs said with a laugh.
We asked if he believes he has the best on the team.
“Trent Cull has a bang-up mustache. I don’t know if anybody can compete with that. But I hope that mine is in the running,” said Burroughs.
What was said
Bruce Boudreau spoke about Kyle Burroughs and the role that he is in with this team.
“He knows what his role is — he’s a 7th D,” said Boudreau. “He works hard. He practices hard. And when he gets in, he’s got to always be ready. That’s his role. And he knows it. We all would love to play 20-minutes every night. But I mean, that’s what makes Kyle a great teammate. He’s in a very similar situation that Brad Hunt was in last year. And [Kyle] has taken that role and he’s done a great job with it.”
Burroughs talked about how he is feeling when he doesn’t know if he’s in the lineup or out of the lineup.
“Any day in this league is a good day,” said Burroughs. “It took a lot of work to get here and just to be a part of this team, and to be able to play in this lineup, and in this league, it’s an honour for me. I’m just excited to come to work every day.”
We asked Burroughs about how he feels he is meeting the expectations of the coach up to this point in the season.
“Those expectations that he has for me, I think that I hold myself maybe to a little bit more,” said Burroughs.
“When I do come in to play, I want to play well. I want to be something that can add to this team. If that’s just being simple, being hard to play against, being a prick, playing against other teams’ top lines or anybody up and down their score sheet. [I want to] play hard, get in guys’ faces, give our guys energy.”
“I can look back on most of the games and be happy with it. Obviously, there are times in each game where you want to look back and be better, but in the grand scheme of things, I think it’s been okay.”
We’re all watching the same team here. And I have to believe that we are all really liking the way that Kyle Burroughs has been playing when he is in the lineup.
He isn’t flashy, but he is steady in his role.
“I’m not a big talker, but when I’m getting good pieces of guys, good timing on hips and stuff like that — it does give me a little bit of energy,” said Burroughs about playing physical early in games. “It just makes me feel like I have that better sense of vision out there and just timing things a little bit better. I think that’s a big part of my game.”
Burroughs is the type of player who clearly likes to play a physical game but that want to play a physical game stems from his competitive nature of wanting to win every game and know what he can do in his role to help his team on a nightly basis.
Right now, Boudreau is looking at Burroughs as the team’s seventh defenceman but Burroughs has done nothing but exceeds expectations in that role.
It feels like time to start seeing Burroughs in the lineup more often if this team wants to begin to put out their six-best defencemen.
On another note about defencemen, we asked Boudreau if Jack Rathbone should maybe head back down to the AHL to get some ice time and he gave a short answer to the question by firing back and saying, “not my call.”
As for Travis Dermott‘s situation. Boudreau said that the defenceman went through more tests on Friday but the coach said, “he is probably frustrated as all [to] get out with this.”
“I couldn’t tell you he’s playing this week, next week or, you know, a month from now,” said Boudreau.
The Canucks are scheduled to practice Sunday afternoon and we will have another update from the rink for you ahead of Monday’s game against the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday.
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