SAN JOSE, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Goalie Thomas Greiss #1 of the San Jose Sharks makes a save on a shot taken by Daniel Sedin #22 of the Vancouver Canucks as Joe Loprieno #42 plays defense for the Sharks during their preseason game at HP Pavilion on September 18, 2009 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/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