TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 12: Ryan Malone #12 of the Tampa Bay Lightning gives a young fan a puck during pre-game warm-ups before the start of a game gainst the Florida Panthers at the St. Pete Times Forum on October 12, 2009 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/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