• Burns Kings in opener

    News: Brent Burns picked up a goal and an assist on four shots while logging 24:21 of ice time Wednesday in Los Angeles.
    Analysis: Brent Burns and the Sharks looked fantastic in a 5-1 dismantling of the Kings. The 30-year-old blue-liner led the team with 5:51 on the power play to go along with his team-high 24:21 time on ice, which means his power-play assist should be the first of many. If the Sharks can continue to play at a high level, Burns will keep reaping the benefits as the team's most used player.
  • Has banner night for owners

    News: Brent Burns put up production across categories in Tuesday's preseason win over the Canucks. He finished with a goal, a plus-2 rating, four penalty minutes, seven shots, two hits and 20:04 of ice time.
    Analysis: Tuesday's scoresheet shows exactly why Brent Burns is such a valuable commodity. He logs lots of minutes and has the ability to produce across categories, not to mention that there are few defensemen who will put up points like he's capable of doing.
  • Sharks' Burns Expected To Pair With Paul Martin

    News: Brent Burns is expected to form a top-four defensive pairing with Paul Martin this season, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.
    Analysis: Brent Burns was one of the league's most electrifying puck movers from the blue line last season, producing 16 goals and 60 points to earn an All-Star berth. Conversely, he was an extreme liability on the defensive end, where his penchant for errors and inconsistent effort rankled the coaching staff. In an effort to allow Burns to focus on what he does best, new head man Pete DeBoer will look to have free-agent import Martin shoulder the bulk of the responsibilities at the back end in hopes of generating better results. The stay-at-home role isn't an unfamiliar one for Martin, who occupied those duties last season for the Penguins while partner Kris Letang typically joined the rush. The arrangement should allow Burns to continue scoring at a high rate, while not taking such a heavy hit to his plus/minus mark.
  • Sharks' Burns To Stick With Defense

    News: Sharks head coach Pete DeBoer said Brent Burns is a defenseman, Sportsnet.ca reports. "He's a defenseman," DeBoer said of Burns. "You can't play that position part-time. He was a little bit uncomfortable. We have to commit to him playing there, so he can really become comfortable with it."
    Analysis: Not that there was much question, but this should put an early end to any potential rumors regarding another position switch for Brent Burns. Named the best defenseman at the 2015 World Championships, the 30-year-old will enter 2015-16 as one of the NHL's preeminent puck-moving blueliners.
  • Sharks' Burns Named Best Defenseman At Worlds

    News: Brent Burns was named the 2015 World Championships' best defenseman, taking home that honor in addition to a gold medal.
    Analysis: Brent Burns finished tied for seventh in overall points and second among defensemen in the tournament, with two goals and nine assists. Only Oliver Ekman-Larsson had more assists in the tournament. He also finished with a plus-10 rating.
  • Five-Game Point Streak For Sharks' Burns

    News: Brent Burns picked a pair of assists in Wednesday's 5-1 win over Colorado, giving him points in five straight games.
    Analysis: Brent Burns has been hot since mid-March, clipping along with nine points in his last nine games. He's been wildly productive this year as a defenseman, posting 58 points and 230 SOG in 77 games. That's second overall among rearguards to only Erik Karlsson's 62 points, which Burns has made up for with his 63 PIM.
  • Sharks' Burns: Three-Game Streak

    News: Brent Burns recorded an assist in regulation and then scored the winner in the shootout in Saturday's 3-2 victory over the Flyers.
    Analysis: The San Jose Sasquatch has a three-game point streak (three assists) and six assists in his last seven games. His 55 points are a career best and good for second in the NHL in scoring from the blue line. He's a stud.
  • Sharks' Burns Logs Assist In Big Loss

    News: Brent Burns recorded an assist, but finished with a minus-1 rating in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Jets.
    Analysis: Brent Burns is now minus-5 on the season, which must be a minor concern for those that drafted him hoping he would come anywhere close to the plus-26 mark he set just last year. But on a grander scale, Burns has 51 points, which is a new career high with 12 games remaining on the regular-season schedule. This increased rate of offensive production is a nice counter against the higher rate of opponent goals scored while Burns is on the ice.
  • Burns Adds Assist In Sharks Win

    News: Brent Burns had an assist, a plus-1 rating, four shots, and 19:50 of ice time in the Sharks win over the Canadiens on Monday.
    Analysis: That's the first time Brent Burns has fallen below the 20-minute mark since the 12th game of the season and it's the second lowest amount of ice time he's had this year. It's notable, but nothing to be concerned about. He'll continue to be one of the best defenseman in fantasy, as he has been all season.
  • Shars' Burns Scores Outdoors

    News: Brent Burns scored his 16th goal of the season and had six shots on goal in Saturday's Stadium Series loss to the Kings.
    Analysis: Brent Burns now has 45 points in 61 games, while averaging a whopping 24;14 of ice time. Burns plays on the team's top defensive pairing and power-play unit and is a great all-around fantasy option. On pace for 20 goals and 60 points, Burns is a must-start every game.