Brent Burns D SAN 4 Months

San Jose's Brent Burns is expected to retake his role as a defenseman for the Sharks in the 2014-15 season.

On a conference call with the media Thursday, Sharks GM Doug Wilson laid out his plan to return the offensive-minded player to the blue line. Considering he held his own as a forward, registering 48 points in 69 contests this season, it's a little surprising to hear this news, although Burns will certainly retain a prominent role on the team's power-play going forward.

Brent Burns D SAN 5 Months

Brent Burns has been nominated for the NHL Foundation Player Award.

Burns has given more than $1 million to Defending the Blue Line, a charity that gives children from military families the chance to play hockey. He also helped raise $24,000 in 2013 for Defending the Blue Line and the Katie Moore Foundation, which helps those battling through rare cancers.

Brent Burns D SAN 5 Months

Brent Burns scored for San Jose in its 4-3 overtime win against Los Angeles.

Burns has two goals and three points in three playoff games. He had 22 goals and 26 assists in 69 contests in the regular season.

Brent Burns D SAN 5 Months

Brent Burns had a goal and an assist in the Sharks' 6-3 victory on Thursday.

Burns' efforts helped San Jose claim a 1-0 lead on Los Angeles in the first round series. He had 22 goals and 48 points in 69 games this season.

Brent Burns D SAN 6 Months

Brent Burns is riding a five-game point streak.

Burns scored a goal in a 2-1 victory over Los Angeles on Thursday. That gives him 23 goals and 46 points in 65 games this season.

Brent Burns D SAN 6 Months

Brent Burns had a goal and an assist in the Sharks' 5-4 win on Tuesday.

Burns extended his point streak to four games. He has 22 goals and 23 assists in 64 contests in 2013-14.

Brent Burns D SAN 6 Months

The San Jose power play is 6-11 since Brent Burns replaced Logan Couture on the first unit.

Couture missed a game due to injury and apparently has been "Wally Pipped" as he has been relegated to the second unit. Burns has a goal and three assists since the promotion on the power play and now has a career high 21 goals and also has 43 points which is only three off his all-time best.

Brent Burns D SAN 6 Months

Brent Burns scored a goal in the Sharks' 4-3 loss on Thursday.

Burns has heated up lately with seven points in his last six games. That gives him 21 goals and 42 points in 62 contests in 2013-14.

Brent Burns D SAN 6 Months

Brent Burns had a goal and an assist in San Jose's 3-2 loss to Florida Tuesday evening.

Burns now has 19 goals and 18 assists with plus-26 rating in 57 games this season. Marty Havlat scored the other goal for the Sharks in the loss.

Brent Burns D SAN 7 Months

Brent Burns scored two goals in San Jose's 5-3 win over Pittsburgh Thursday evening.

Burns scored in his second straight game after a 19-game goal scoring drought and he now has 17 goals and 16 assists with a fantastic plus-24 rating in 51 games this season. He also had a game-high five hits in the win. Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist, while Patrick Marleau and Justin Braun also scored for the Sharks. Joe Pavelski assisted three goals in the victory.