BUFFALO, NY - OCTOBER 29: Young fans cheer for Cody McCormick #8 of the Buffalo Sabres as he heads to the ice for warmups prior to playing the Florida Panthers at First Niagara Center on October 29, 2011 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via 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