RALEIGH, NC - NOVEMBER 01: Scott Nichol #21 of the San Jose Sharks battles for the puck against Andrew Alberts #41 of the Carolina Hurricanes on November 1, 2009 at the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Scott Pilling/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