CAREER: Spent the last four seasons (2009-13) in the QMJHL...2012 and 2013 QMJHL First-Team All Star...2012 QMJHL Top Defenceman Finalist...2010 QMJHL All-Rookie Team...Represented Canada at 2013 WJC in Russia
2013-14: Skated in 71 games with Grand Rapids, recording 17 points (4-13-17)...Made NHL debut on Oct. 21 vs. SJ...Has skated in 4 games with DET this season, averaging 14:34 TOI and recording 4 shots and 7 hits...Looking for his first NHL goal/point...One of four rookie defensemen to debut for DET this season.
OTHER: Born in Bayonne, France, and raised in Terrebonne, Quebec...Father, Robert, played pro hockey in France and Germany from 1991-02.
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