OTTAWA - APRIL 4: Ryan Shannon #26 of the Ottawa Senators digs for a loose puck outside the crease against Mike Knuble #22 and Antero Niittymaki #30 of the Philadelphia Flyers at Scotiabank Place on April 4, 2009 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/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