GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 28: Oliver Ekman-Larsson #23 (second from left) of the Phoenix Coyotes is congratulated by Mikkel Boedker #89, Lauri Korpikoski #28, Antoine Vermette #50 and Zbynek Michalek #4 after Ekman-Larsson scored a first period goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on January 29, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/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