BOSTON, MA - MAY 25: Shawn Thornton #22 of the Boston Bruins watches the play against Ryan McDonagh #27 of the New York Rangers in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on May 25, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/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