CAREER: Had 9-16-25, 10 PIM, +18 in 40 games with Syracuse (AHL) in 2007-08? Led the club in plus/minus rating? Scored four power play goals? Tallied 0-1-1, 2 PIM, -2 in seven games with Elmira (ECHL)? Had 1-2-3, 28 PIM, -2 in 16 games with Nizhnekamsk (Russia) in 2006-07? Registered 2-3-5, 50 PIM in 61 games with the club from 2005-07? Appeared in two games with the same club in 2004-05 after playing for the Nizhnekamsk Jr. club in 2003-04.
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