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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
Contract: view contract details

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Brent Burns was a minus-four Saturday.
That makes Burns a minus-five on the season after only two games as he was on the ice for all the Kings goals. Burns is one of only a couple defensemen who will score 20-plus goals this season and should have been taken quite early in most drafts. It's just too bad for his owners that he is off to a tough start in the plus/minus category. Oct 8 - 9:59 AM

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Brent Burns posted an assist with a minus-1 rating, five shots on goal and a pair of blocked shots in Wednesday's loss against Philadelphia.

The helper on Logan Couture's power-play marker in the third period was the 500th point of the defenseman's career. The 32-year-old is coming off another career year, posting 29 goals with 76 points and a stellar plus-19 rating. He'll rack up 20-25 power-play points and will once again be a top fantasy option among rearguards.
Oct 5 - 2:23 AM

Brent Burns has won the James Norris Memorial Trophy.

Burns was named the best defenseman of the 2016-17 campaign over fellow finalists Erik Karlsson and Victor Hedman. This is the first time that Burns has claimed this honor and the first time that a San Jose Sharks player has won the award. He led all blueliners with 29 goals and 76 points in 82 contests while averaging 24:51 minutes per contest. Burns also had a plus-19 rating and blocked 142 shots. It's worth noting that the voting for the Norris Trophy was close with Burns getting 1,437 points to Karlsson's 1,292.
Jun 21 - 8:33 PM

Brent Burns has been selected as one of the nominees for this year's Ted Lindsay Award.

The award is given to the most outstanding player as selected by the members of the National Hockey League Players' Association. Burns finished the year with 29 goals and 76 points in 82 games. He won't win, but that doesn't take away from the incredible numbers he put up in 2016-17. Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby and Edmonton's Connor McDavid are the other two nominees.
May 2 - 7:05 PM

Brent Burns, Erik Karlsson, and Victor Hedman are believed to be the Norris Trophy finalists, based on an accidentally posted story by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Lightning put the press release on their website early and while they did delete the story, the media had already seen it. The Norris Trophy nominees haven't been officially revealed by the NHL yet, but it would be very shocking if the release accidentally posted by the Lightning proved to be wrong. Any one of those three would be worthy Norris Trophy winners, but Burns is arguably the favorite after scoring 29 goals and 76 points in 82 contests while also posting a plus-19 rating and having a Corsi rating that was plus-5.2% relative to the Sharks' rating when he wasn't on the ice.
Apr 21 - 2:23 PM

Brent Burns hasn't recorded a point in three games versus Edmonton in the postseason.

However, he isn't frustrated with his lack of production. "That's the fun part, is earning it and going through that," Burns said. "This is the time you want to play. It's fun. Every game is so tight, and one bounce – it's working to create that bounce. That's why it's fun." The Sharks need to get more than just Burns going in the series after being shut out in each of the last two games.
Apr 17 - 4:53 PM

Brent Burns tallied his 29th goal in a 4-2 loss to Edmonton on Thursday.

Burns' shot from the point beat a screened Cam Talbot to put the Sharks on top 2-1 in the second period. He's recorded 75 points in 81 games and remains a front runner for the Norris Trophy despite a lengthy scoring slump in the midway point of this season. Joel Ward scored the other goal in a losing cause.
Apr 7 - 3:22 AM

CSN Bay Area polled 21 PHWA members and the results suggest that Brent Burns is still the frontrunner for the Norris Trophy.

Among the voters, 14 said they were likely to pick Burns while another three said they were leaning towards the Sharks defenseman. Burns did endure a cold spell from early-to-mid March which put his frontrunner status in question, but he's still the probable winner of the award. He has 28 goals and 73 points in 76 games this season.
Mar 30 - 11:03 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Logan Couture
2Joe Thornton
3Tomas Hertl
4Chris Tierney
5Ryan Carpenter
LW1Jannik Hansen
2Timo Meier
3Mikkel Boedker
4Kevin Labanc
5Melker Karlsson
RW1Joe Pavelski
2Joel Ward
3Joonas Donskoi
4Barclay Goodrow
D1Brent Burns
2Marc-Edouard Vlasic
3Paul Martin
4Justin Braun
5Brenden Dillon
6Dylan DeMelo
7Tim Heed
8Joakim Ryan
G1Martin Jones
2Aaron Dell