It’s not just about the goal.
— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) January 25, 2021
And for Brent Burns, it’s not just about the offense.
Every season, it’s the same rumblings: Burns can’t play defense. The San Jose Sharks should move him back to forward.
Safe to say, the team disagrees.
“I thought he’s had a real good start to the season,” Bob Boughner said yesterday. “His defensive game doesn’t get enough credit. It really doesn’t. People talk about his defensive gaps. I think he’s playing great defensive hockey right now.”
So what are the Sharks seeing?
I re-watched all of Burns’s shifts in yesterday’s 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild to highlight the good and the bad.
Sheng: How would you assess your season so far?
Burns: I don't really assess it. Don't you do that, Sheng?
SP: Yes, I do actually.
BB: There you go.
SP: I did think you had a really good game tonight!
🤣 Damn, missed my chance to plug @sjhockeynow on the air
— Sheng Peng (@Sheng_Peng) January 25, 2021
My conclusion: Burns was a high-impact defenseman last night. And there’s no reason whatsoever to move him up front if he can keep it up.
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