Kyle Burroughs
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Kyle Burroughs

Hometown:

Vancouver British Columbia

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1995-07-12

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2013

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

7th round (196th overall), 2013

Weight:

182 lbs.

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History

2009-10: Kyle Burroughs skated for the Langley Eagles bantam team in British Columbia. He scored 10 goals with 30 assists and had 50 penalty minuets in 33 games. Burroughs was selected by Regina in the third round (47th overall) of the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft.

2010-11: Burroughs made his WHL debut as a 15-year-old, appearing in a March game with Regina, and played four junior games with the Aldergrove Kodiaks; spending most of the season with the Valley West Hawks midget major team. He had no points nor penalty minutes with the Pats. Burroughs had 1 assist and 18 penalty minutes in Pacific Island Junior Hockey League play with the Kodiaks. In 36 games for the Hawks he scored 11 goals with 25 assists and had 58 penalty minutes. Valley West finished third in the BCMML regular season and reached the playoff semifinals. Burroughs had 4 assists and 2 penalty minutes in four playoff games. He played for gold medal-winning Team British Columbia in the 2011 Canada Winter Games, scoring 1 goal with 7 assists and 6 penalty minutes in six games.

2011-12: Burroughs played 55 games for Regina in his first WHL season and represented Canada Pacific in the 2012 U17 World Hockey Challenge. He scored 2 goals with 6 assists and was +7 with 54 penalty minutes for the Pats. Regina reached the playoffs after finishing fourth in the East Division. Burroughs scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was +2 in five playoff games. In five games at the WHC he scored 1 goal with 2 assists and had 14 penalty minutes.

2012-13: Burroughs was the top offensive defenseman for Regina in his second season and was tied for second on the Pats with 91 penalty minutes. He played in 70 of 72 games, scoring 5 goals with 28 assists, and was -8. Regina missed the WHL playoffs; finishing fifth in the East Division. Ranked 133rd amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings, Burroughs was selected by the Islanders in the seventh round (196th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft.

2013-14: Burroughs attended his first NHL training camp with the Islanders before returning to Regina for his third WHL season and made his pro debut with New York AHL affiliate Bridgeport following his junior season. In nine games with the Sound Tigers he had no points and was minus-6 with 2 penalty minutes. Bridgeport finished fifth in the Northeast Division; missing the AHL playoffs. Burroughs, a team captain with the Pats, played in 58 regular season games; missing time in December due to an upper body injury. He scored 8 goals with 32 assists and was plus-14 with 72 penalty minutes. The Pats finished first in the East Division before being swept by Brandon in a first round playoff series. Burroughs had 1 assist and was minus-2 with 8 penalty minutes in four playoff games.

2014-15: Burroughs attended his second training camp with the Islanders, again returning to Regina to play in the WHL. A team captain for the Pats, he skated in 36 games for Regina before being acquired by Medicine Hat in a multi-player trade in January 2015. In 66 regular season games between the two teams Burroughs scored 7 goals with 32 assists and was +35 with 85 penalty minutes. The Tigers finished second in the Central Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Burroughs had 3 assists and was +9 with 6 penalty minutes in 10 playoff games. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Islanders in April 2015.

Talent Analysis

Burroughs is small by NHL standards but can hold his own. He is solid in own zone using positioning and smarts to hold off opposing forwards. Offensively he is mobile and makes good decisions with the puck. Burroughs can contribute on the powerplay, although his shot is not much of a threat. He has shown no reluctance to stand up for teammates or drop the gloves when necessary.

Future

Burroughs attended his third Islanders training camp before beginning his first pro season with the ECHL's Missouri Mavericks in 2015-16. He was recalled by Islanders AHL affiliate Bridgeport in January and has been skating with the Sound Tigers since. As with any late round pick, he faces long odds at one day reaching the NHL, particularly with the depth in the Islanders' defense corps. The progress that Burroughs has made to this point suggests he may be able to compete at that level in the future.

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