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Brent Burns | Defenseman | #88

Team: San Jose Sharks
Age / DOB:  (32) / 3/9/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 230
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 1 (20) / MIN
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Brent Burns seems to be losing his firm grip on the James Norris Trophy.
Burns seemed to be an easy winner just nine games ago but a seven game pointless streak followed and even though he has an assist in each of his last two games, Burns has been a minus-three in each of those contests. He has 27 goals and 72 points with a plus-16 rating but Erik Karlsson is gaining ground quickly as he has 14 goals and 67 points in 74 games. It may still be a close race. Mar 26 - 10:21 AM

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Brent Burns has gone seven straight games without a point.

For the most part Burns has been consistently strong offensively this season, making his recent dry spell stand out all the more. "I think it weighs on him, for sure," Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said of Burns. "We have good dialogue, there’s a lot of communication, especially with him and [assistant coach Bob Boughner]. And also, him and his teammates. The guys know how much responsibility he takes on himself – sometimes too much. Guys are good with that, they recognize that." Burns should be able to end the slump sooner rather than later, though obviously there isn't much left of the regular season either way.
Mar 24 - 10:26 AM

Brent Burns has not found the back of the net in his last 11 games.

The defenseman still leads all blueliners with 27 goals and 70 points but Erik Karlsson is closing in on his points total. Karlsson has 63 points including 50 assists and is making a late charge to overtake the slumping Burns. Burns should break out soon enough but sooner is better as poolies are now in the playoffs.
Mar 18 - 8:35 AM

Brent Burns recorded three assists in a 4-2 San Jose win over Washington on Thursday.

The three assists are a season-high in one game for Burns who continues to push the forwards in the NHL for the top point totals in the league. The hulking rearguard is now tied with five other players for second in the NHL in total points with 70. Burns looks to be the favorite for the Norris Trophy and is in the conversation for the leagues' MVP as well.
Mar 10 - 2:34 AM

Brent Burns picked up an assist on the Sharks lone goal Sunday and now is only three points in arrears of Connor McDavid for the NHL scoring lead.

Burns also had a whopping seven shots on goal and leads the NHL with 242 shots. His 64 points including 27 goals are truly amazing for a defenseman with over a week still to go in February. He is a must-start.
Feb 20 - 9:05 AM

Defenseman Brent Burns has 18 of his 27 goals on the road this season.

That is amazing as the blueliner remains in third place in NHL scoring, one behind Sidney Crosby and four in arrears of Connor McDavid with 63 points after a two goal effort on Saturday. He has six points in his last three games and currently is a shoo-in to win the Norris Trophy.
Feb 19 - 8:31 AM

Brent Burns scored the opening and the closing goal of the night in a 4-1 win against the Coyotes Saturday.

Burns scored his 26th goal of the season midway through the first period Saturday night. He added his 27th late in the third so that he both opened and closed the night for Sharks. This was Burns third two-point game in a row. He scored a goal and an assist against the Panthers on Tuesday and two goals against the Devils on Sunday. Burns increased his team-leading point total to 63 and currently holds an 11 mark lead over center Joe Pavelski.
Feb 19 - 1:35 AM

Brent Burns scored a goal and registered an assist in a 6-5 overtime loss on Wednesday.

That's Burns' second straight multi-point game. With 25 goals and 61 points in 58 contests this season he's now tied with Sidney Crosby for second place in the scoring race. Connor McDavid has a tenuous two-point edge over both of them. Bobby Orr is the only defenseman to ever win a scoring title, so if Burns can close that gap it'll be historic.
Feb 16 - 5:21 AM

Brent Burns fired 11 shots on net and scored twice during Sunday's 4-1 win over the Devils.

The markers give him 24 goals and 59 points on the season. He sits just two points back of Connor McDavid for the league-lead, and he trails Sidney Crosby for the lead in goals by just six. Suffice it to say, Burns may take home more than just the Norris Trophy.
Feb 12 - 4:06 PM

Part of Brent Burns' success this season has come from the reliability of his defensive partner Paul Martin.

"He’s been huge for me," Burns said of Martin. "He’s a lot of fun to play with, talking with him on the bench, off the ice. On the ice, he’s helped tremendously. It’s huge for a d-partner to have that guy you can lean on." Martin's defensive play has given Burns more leeway offensively, which Burns has translated to 22 goals and 57 points in 55 contests. At this rate Burns might finish in the top five in scoring and win the Norris Trophy, but Martin would be worthy of some credit for both accomplishments.
Feb 11 - 7:18 AM

Brent Burns registered two assists in San Jose's 5-4 OT loss to the Buffalo Sabres.

Burns picked up primary assists on goals by Joel Ward and Joe Pavelski. The Sharks will be furious with themselves after this performance, as they had a 4-1 lead with less than 14 minutes remaining in regulation. Unfortunately for the Sharks, they allowed Buffalo to score three goals in just over three minutes before watching Evander Kane score the game-winner for the Sabres in overtime. As for Burns, he's now accumulated three multi-point games in his last four outings. He's up to 22 goals and 57 points in 54 games. Those are ridiculous numbers for a defenseman.
Feb 7 - 10:06 PM

Brent Burns scored and added an assist in the Sharks 4-1 win over Vancouver on Thursday.

It's his third multiple point game in his last five contests. The hulking blue-liner also had five shots on net in 21:15 of ice-time. Burns has 22 goals and 55 points in 52 games and is third in NHL scoring while leading all rear guards in points. Chris Tierney scored twice and Patrick Marleau scored the other goal.
Feb 3 - 2:07 AM

Brent Burns is a strong favorite to win the Norris Trophy.

Bovada is giving him 1-to-3 odds, but they're also listing Burns' chances of taking the Hart Trophy at 10-to-1, which is behind just Connor McDavid, Sidney Crosby, and Evgeni Malkin. The last blueliner to win the Hart Trophy was Chris Pronger in 1999-2000, so it would be a huge accomplishment for Burns to do so. Burns has 21 goals and 53 points in 51 games this season.
Feb 2 - 11:37 AM

Brent Burns has been chosen as the third star of the month for January.

He led all NHL defensemen with six goals, 12 assists and 18 points in 14 games. Burns picked up at least one point in 10 of his 14 appearances and he registered six multi-point performances.
Source: NHL.com
Feb 1 - 4:51 PM

Brent Burns was held pointless in the 4-3 championship game loss to the Metropolitan division.

Burns had a shot on net and led his team in ice time with 7:47 with a takeaway. For the day over two games he had both a goal and an assist, which is still a mighty fine day.
Jan 29 - 7:04 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Joe Thornton
2Logan Couture
3Chris Tierney
4Micheal Haley
LW1Patrick Marleau
2Tomas Hertl
3Mikkel Boedker
4Kevin Labanc
5Melker Karlsson
RW1Joe Pavelski
2Joel Ward
3Joonas Donskoi
4Jannik Hansen
5Timo Meier
6Marcus Sorensen
D1Brent Burns
2Marc-Edouard Vlasic
3Paul Martin
4Justin Braun
5Brenden Dillon
6Dylan DeMelo
7David Schlemko
8Tim Heed
G1Martin Jones
2Aaron Dell