The San Jose Sharks are beginning to make roster moves to ensure that another brutal end to a season will never happen again. One of these moves will be returning Brent Burns to the blue line.
The 2013-14 season was Burns’ first as a forward with the Sharks, scoring 22 goals and 22 assists over 69 games. Despite his success on offense, Burns was hit or miss. He would play exceptionally well one month, and then go 19 games without scoring. In addition, he only contributed two goals and one assist during the playoffs.
General manager Doug Wilson stated:
“He was acquired as a defenseman. When you take a look at that type of dynamic on the back end, guys that move the puck up, shoot the puck on the power play, it creates a tough matchup. And, the size and physicality that he brings.
To me, our commitment and our need is him back as a defenseman.”
Burns was drafted into the NHL as a forward, acquired by the Sharks as a defenseman and played the past season as a forward. There’s no doubt that the man is incredibly talented no matter where he is, but there is a very good chance you will see him as a defenseman come the start of next season.
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