BUFFALO NY - SEPTEMBER 19: Ville Leino #23 of the Buffalo Sabres along with teammate Drew Stafford #21 look along side of Tim Brent #37 and Jamie McBain #4 of the Carolina Hurricanes as Brian Boucher #33 of the Carolina Hurricanes makes a save during their pre-season NHL game at First Niagara Center September 19, 2011 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo By Dave Sandford/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