SAN JOSE, CA - FEBRUARY 09: Goalkeeper Antti Niemi #31 of the San Jose Sharks blocks a shot with his stick knocking the puck away from Shane Doan #19 of the Phoenix Coyotes in the first period at HP Pavilion on February 9, 2013 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/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