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Brent Burns | Defenseman

Team: San Jose Sharks
Age / DOB:  (29) / 3/9/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 219
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Brent Burns scored a goal in San Jose's 3-2 shootout win over Colorado.
Burns is now on a three-game goal scoring streak and five-game point streak. He now has four goals and 12 points in 11 contests, which makes him the clear leader among blueliners so far in the scoring race. Oct 29 - 9:42 AM

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Brent Burns was the only San Jose Sharks player to score a goal in a 2-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.

Burns has probably been the brightest light for the struggling Sharks so far, as he's doing just fine in his return to the blueline. Burns has two goals (nine points) in nine games with 14 PIM and 28 SOG. It's oddly fitting that his goal was unassisted.
Oct 25 - 7:00 PM

Brent Burns played a team-high 25:08 in San Jose’s 4-0 to the New York Rangers on Sunday.

The Sharks were unable to beat Henrik Lundqvist tonight. The loss to New York was the Sharks first in regulation this season, and the first time they have been shutout. Fellow defenseman Justin Braun led the Sharks in shots on goal with four.
Oct 19 - 7:54 PM

Brent Burns buried a goal and an assist in San Jose's shootout loss to the Islanders on Thursday night, extending his points streak to four.

It apparently doesn't matter whether the hulking 29-year-old plays offense or defense, as he has found his way on the scoresheet six times through the first four games on the Sharks' blue line. Burns has one goal and five assists this season with six penalty minutes.
Oct 16 - 10:24 PM

Brent Burns has been sent back to the blue line in 2014, and is expected to take more ice in his new old and expanded role.

Burns skated 23:02 with 2:14 on the power play and just 47 seconds on the kill in Friday night's win over the Coyotes. He also picked up a secondary assist on Tye McGinn's eventual winner late in the third. With a minor penalty, two shots, two blocks and a takeaway, Burns looks poised to have a versatile season both in real life and fantasy.
Oct 4 - 1:31 AM

Brent Burns might've had his second goal of the preseason, but teammate Joe Pavelski tipped it in instead on the powerplay Friday night.

In 24:02 of ice time, he led all skaters with seven shots on goal, the powerplay assist, three blocks and a hit. He also played 5:29 on the man advantage, and 4:19 on the kill.
Sep 27 - 2:10 AM

Brent Burns scored a goal in San Jose's 4-2 preseason loss to Vancouver.

Burns had 22 goals and 48 points in 69 games last season as a forward. He'll see his goal production decline as he shifts back to the blueline, but he should be one of the league's top offensive defensemen.
Sep 24 - 10:13 AM

San Jose coach Todd McLellan doesn't expect it to take long for Brent Burns to re-adjust to playing defense.

"It will take him a little bit just to get comfortable there again," McLellan said. "But, when I say a little bit, we're not talking about Christmas. By the time we're done exhibition season, he'll be an All-Star defenseman again." Burns was paired with stay-at-home veteran Scott Hannan during Saturday's scrimmage. He'll likely serve as the Sharks' power-play quarterback and if he is moved back to forward at some point then his fantasy value will get a boost.
Sep 20 - 6:47 PM

Despite coach Todd McLellan insisting that Brent Burns will be a defenseman this season, some members of the Sharks think that he could play some up front.

Patrick Marleau would not be surprised if Burns saw some action at forward this season, as he thinks the Sharks have a lot of good and young defensemen. "I think there might be room for him to move back up to forward," Marleau said. "I think we've got a lot of young [defensemen] here. He's a great player. I think he can score 30 or 40 goals as a forward, as well. He's very versatile. If the coaching staff and management think they can move him back up to forward, I think that would be great. If he stays back on D, he’s going to be great back there, too."
Sep 20 - 12:09 PM

San Jose Sharks head coach Todd McLellan reiterated that the team sees Brent Burns as a defenseman, not a forward.

Both Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau said they’d like to see Burns return to being a forward, but their head coach doesn’t seem to agree. "Brent was acquired to provide us with a long-term, quarterback offensive defenseman," said McLellan. "He’s an NHL all-star defenseman and he’s earned the right to be there in those types of situations." The Sharks lost Dan Boyle and Brad Stuart this off-season and leaving Burns on the blue line is probably the right decision. The 29-year-old registered 22 goals and 48 points in 69 games primarily as a forward last season.
Sep 19 - 9:24 PM

Sharks GM Doug Wilson wants the team to have a Drew Doughty/P.K. Subban type player, which contributed to the decision to switch Brent Burns back to defense this season.

Burns has flirted with the 50-point mark before as a defenseman and he could still be used as a forward for some shifts during the 2014-15 season. He'll be a versatile player for San Jose and for fantasy owners because he still has dual eligibility.
Aug 29 - 10:59 AM

San Jose's Brent Burns is expected to retake his role as a defenseman for the Sharks in the 2014-15 season.

On a conference call with the media Thursday, Sharks GM Doug Wilson laid out his plan to return the offensive-minded player to the blue line. Considering he held his own as a forward, registering 48 points in 69 contests this season, it's a little surprising to hear this news, although Burns will certainly retain a prominent role on the team's power-play going forward.
May 15 - 9:10 PM

Brent Burns has been nominated for the NHL Foundation Player Award.

Burns has given more than $1 million to Defending the Blue Line, a charity that gives children from military families the chance to play hockey. He also helped raise $24,000 in 2013 for Defending the Blue Line and the Katie Moore Foundation, which helps those battling through rare cancers.
May 2 - 11:35 AM

Brent Burns scored for San Jose in its 4-3 overtime win against Los Angeles.

Burns has two goals and three points in three playoff games. He had 22 goals and 26 assists in 69 contests in the regular season.
Apr 23 - 10:56 AM

Brent Burns had a goal and an assist in the Sharks' 6-3 victory on Thursday.

Burns' efforts helped San Jose claim a 1-0 lead on Los Angeles in the first round series. He had 22 goals and 48 points in 69 games this season.
Apr 18 - 10:29 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Joe Thornton
2Logan Couture
3Joe Pavelski
4Andrew Desjardins
5Barclay Goodrow
6Chris Tierney
LW1Patrick Marleau
2Tomas Hertl
3James Sheppard
4Tye McGinn
5Mike Brown
6Raffi Torres
RW1Tommy Wingels
2Matthew Nieto
3Adam Burish
4John Scott
D1Brent Burns
2Marc-Edouard Vlasic
3Justin Braun
4Jason Demers
5Mirco Mueller
6Matt Irwin
7Scott Hannan
G1Antti Niemi
2Alex Stalock