31-Year-Old Right Wing – San Jose Sharks
Adam Burish Contract Information:
Signed a four-year, $7.2 million deal with the Sharks in July 2012.
Burish took a shot to the hand in late March and underwent a procedure on March 26, but never made an appearance in the Sharks' seven-game series against the Kings.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Burish is likely to remain a fourth-line winger for the Sharks to start the season. He's as solid a fourth-line player as they come, but he'll have limited playing time with the toothed teals. In previous years, he might have seen some penalty kill time, but that doesn't matter much for the majority of fantasy owners. Burish has posted decent points in previous years — the 10 to 20 range — and generally ends the season with a positive plus/minus rating. But last season, he only managed to get three points in 46 games, posted the worst shooting percentage of his career and finished with a minus-7 rating after four straight seasons with positive ratings. Burish is a great grinder for the Sharks, but last year's production could be a sign his expiry date is approaching.
Burish is a fourth-line buzz saw who opponents hate to play against. He doesn't care about individual statistics; he cares about winning. Nothing more and nothing less. He's tough and aggressive, and he doesn't take a shift off, and that rubs off on everyone around him. And by the way -- he can kill penalties, too, so there's always a chance at those elusive shorthanded points. He'll give you about 20 points to go along with his 90-100 PIMs. It's nice to have non-pylons to help with your sin bin needs, isn't it?
Burish provided much-needed grit down the Stars' lineup last year after coming over from Chicago in the offseason. His contributions on the ice are limited to taking over some of the physical presence duties from Brenden Morrow and Steve Ott, and a 20-point/100-PIM season would seem to be his ceiling.
Burish was brought in via free agency following an injury-shortened final season with Chicago. He'll provide some grit and energy along with Krys Barch on Dallas' fourth line, but don't look for any offense with just 11 career goals in 169 games.
Burish was injured in the preseason when he tore his right ACL and missed up to six months. Last season, Burish saw his games drop and also his penalty minutes. In the 2007-08 season, he was third in the NHL with 214 penalty minutes. Last season, it dropped to 93 minutes as he missed 15 games with a broken toe. He was on the fourth line for a good portion of the season.
Burish racked up 214 penalty minutes last year in his first full NHL season. He could end up leading the checking line if Kevyn Adams doesn't sign with the team. Watch how he does in training camp closely and look to grab him late in your draft if you're short on penalty minutes.
Burish made the Hawks this season after being the most consistent forward during the preseason. Keep an eye on him. He is probably not a big scorer, but you never know since the Hawks need some scoring.