BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 07: Reilly Smith #18 of the Boston Bruins carries the puck up the ice against the Florida Panthers in the first period at TD Garden on November 7, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/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