Once again it's that time of year here on Defending Big D where we take a look at each player that suited up for 25 or more games this season (and are still with the team) and take a look back at their season. What was good about it, what wasn't so good, and the lasting impression they left us as we go into summer.
#16 / Right Wing / Dallas Stars
Jan 06, 1983
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Key Stat: 19 - Games missed by Burish due to injury. 8 games in February due to a facial injury suffered in Boston and then 11 more at the end of the season due to a leg injury.
The Good: Everyone knew that on the ice Adam could be counted on for lots of grit, hustle and even a timely goal or two - all of which he delivered - but no one - not even himself - expected Adam to come in and have quite the emotional impact that he ended up making on the Stars. He brought a championship winning attitude from Chicago and helped change the culture of the Stars locker room from the mindset of playing not to lose and instead starting to play to win. The missing intensity the team had in games he didn't play due to injury was pretty apparent.
The Bad: While gritty, hard-nosed kind of game that Burish plays wins you many fans both in the dressing room and in the stands, it does take a toll on the body and Burish was no different. He was 11th on the team in hits with 77 and tops among all Stars forwards with an amazing 70 blocked shots. (Tom Wandell was a distant second with 49) - these are great stats of course but the wear and tear on Burish is concerning.
The Bottom Line: When Adam Burish was brought in last summer, many said and felt that it was a nice little depth move but overall wouldn't have that much of an impact. We now sit here almost a year later and wonder just how different things would have been for the Stars if he had played a full season. Adam has the potential to put up a effective third line offensive threat (15 goals and 30 to 40 points is not out of question) but the biggest obstacle to getting there is his health.
The Vote: Rate Burish below on a scale of A to F (A being the best of course) based on his performance relative to his potential and your expectations for the season.