28-Year-Old Left Wing – San Jose Sharks
Brent Burns Contract Information:
Signed a five-year extension with San Jose in August of 2011.
Burns had a great night with three goals on three shots, an assist, a plus-3 rating, a power-play goal, and 14:05 in ice time Friday afternoon.
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|Oct 10||at VAN||1||1||2||2||0||0||0||0||4||25.0||2||0||15:09||1:37|
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Burns, the former first round pick of the Minnesota Wild, had a slow start in his first year with San Jose. However, he did experience a second half surge that resulted in leading the Sharks defense in goals with 11. The 27-year old should be coming into his prime and is thought to be the future anchor of the defense. At 6-5 and 224, he is a force on the ice and, with better conditioning, could see an increase of ice time from last year's 22 minutes-plus per game. Last season Burns lead the Sharks' defense with five power play goals, which means he'll probably see plenty of time with the first unit during the man-advantage.
Burns tallied 17 goals and 29 assists with the Wild last season, which were career bests in both categories. The key to this successful campaign was that he managed to stay healthy unlike his two seasons previous. Apparently, Sharks general manager Doug Wilson liked what he saw from the 6-foot-5, 219 pound defenseman, as he executed an offseason deal that brought Burns and a future second-round draft pick to the Bay Area in exchange for Devin Setoguchi, Charlie Coyle and the 28th overall pick of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He then got Burns' signature on a five-year contract extension in August. While Burns already has seven years of NHL experience at the age of 26, all of that time had been spent with one club (Minnesota), so fantasy owners will have to be patient if the big puck-moving rearguard gets off to a slow start donning a new sweater in 2011-12.
It was a lost season for Burns in 2009-10 as he missed two months with a concussion. He was supposed to be the primary beneficiary of the move from a defensive trap system to a more open attack, but he never got situated in the offense. He still scored 20 points in 47 games. He has the offensive skill set since he played wing early in his career while having the size to play defense. If he can stay healthy after two injury-plagued seasons, he could be a breakout candidate.
Two seasons ago, Burns scored 15 goals and 43 points as a blueliner. Last season injuries limited him to 59 games and 27 points. Burns is a defenseman who can score goals and plays on the power play, and if he can manage a full season this year, double digit goals should be a given. He could be the main beneficiary of Minnesota's move from a defense trap system to a much more open attack.
Burns' career plane took off earlier than most had anticipated. In 2007-08, he notched 43 points and quickly became the Wild's most important weapon on the blueline. Further entrenching his status as an emerging star, Burns earned the designation of best defender in the World Championships this past summer. Interestingly, he only began playing defense when he became a member of the Wild, having played right wing in the OHL. With Minnesota in 2007-08, he amassed 43 points in (15G 28A) with 80 PIM. The 23-year-old is playing beyond his years and is an intriguing fantasy option as a top ten defenseman.
After being moved around from the blue line to forward, Burns finally stuck at defense late last season and seemed to click. Head coach Jacques Lemaire praised him for his defense and overall play, which seemed to give him more opportunities. He scored seven points in 15 games in March with and was plus-9 after Lemaire gave him more of an opportunity. At age 22, he may have finally figured out the NHL game and he's a good deep sleeper this season as a result.
The Wild's 2003 first-round draft pick has moved back and forth from defenseman to forward and hasn't developed into a fantasy option. But before you write him off, remember he's just 21 years old.
Burns is a former first-round draft choice (20th overall in 2003) who is being moved to defenseman from forward. He could have one of the better scoring touches of the Wild defensemen, but he may need a year of development in his new role.