UNIONDALE, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Frans Nielsen #51 of the New York Islanders is held off by Eric Staal #12 of the Carolina Hurricanes at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on February 11, 2013 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Mike Stobe/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