2012-13: Scored 3 goals and 2 assists in 18 games with the Flyers… Recalled on April 22 upon the end of Adirondack’s season… Loaned to Adirondack April 10… recalled from Adirondack on March 25… loaned to Adirondack on March 11… Recorded his first NHL goal and multi-point game with 1 goal and 1 assist on Jan. 26 at FLA… Recalled by the Flyers on Jan. 21 and made NHL debut on Jan. 22 at NJD… Appeared in 40 games for the Phantoms, recording 14 goals and 12 assists for 26 points… set a Phantoms franchise record for fastest goal from the start of a game when he scored nine seconds after the opening faceoff vs. Portland on March 24.
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