NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 23: Eric Staal #12 of the Carolina Hurricanes carries the puck toward Ryan Ellis #49 of the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on September 23, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
You don't see many. The [Drew] Doughtys, the [P.K.] Subbans, those are guys that create offense from the back and then on top of that ability, the size that he has. In the West you play against some pretty big players, and being able to clear the crease and contain the [Ryan] Getzlafs and the [Corey] Perrys and [Anze] Kopitars and players like that, we're excited about him going back there.
— Sharks general manager Doug Wilson on Brent Burns returning back to defense