Brent Burns

#88 D / San Jose Sharks / EXP: 13YRS Height: 6-5 Weight: 230 lb Age: 32 College: None

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  • Burns is still searching for his first goal this season. Last season, the bearded blueliner led all players at this position with 29 goals en route to securing the Norris Trophy, but he's come up empty on 60 shot attempts through 15 games this year. Interestingly enough, he's actually shooting slightly more often than in 2016-17, when he fired a whopping 320 shots between the pipes. We knew that franchise points leader Patrick Marleau leaving for Toronto would have a negative affect on Burns, though his tailspin is perhaps more dramatic than anyone could have imagined.

  • Burns recorded two assists for his first multi-point game of the campaign during Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Islanders. The go-to defenseman has been uncharacteristically quiet this season -- these are just his third and fourth points of the season (seven games). Burns also has no goals and a minus-8 rating. Gulp. The Sharks should get better, but 2017-18 could be the beginning of a statistical decline for Burns.

  • Sharks' Brent Burns: Struggling defensively
    By RotoWire Staff

    Burns has a minus-5 rating through the first two games of the season. Expect this figure to normalize in due time. Burns skated to a plus-19 last season and ended up claiming the Norris Trophy as the league's best defenseman. Team Teal is adjusting to life without its all-time points leader in Patrick Marleau, who had spent close to two decades in the Bay Area before joining the Maple Leafs in the offseason.

  • Burns tallied an assist in Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Flyers. The reigning Norris Trophy winner picked up right where he left off last season, notching a point and five shots on goal in Wednesday's defeat. He'll look to pot his first goal of the campaign Saturday against the Kings.

  • Burns dished out three power-play assists and added a game-high five shots on goal in Tuesday's 7-0 Game 4 win over Edmonton. The Oilers had done a terrific job of containing the offensive-minded blueliner en route to a 2-1 series lead, but their game plan failed to account for eight trips to the penalty box. Burns still hasn't lit the lamp despite putting 18 pucks on net through four games, but his 9.1 percent shooting percentage during a 29-goal regular season suggests he's due.

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