Brent Burns D SAN 4 Days

Burns scored his first goal of the year Thursday in a shootout loss to the Islanders. He added a power-play assist, two PIM and a plus-1 rating.

That's a four-game point streak for Burns to open the year, and he's filling the sheet in plenty of other categories too -- plus-minus, PIM, hits, blocked shots. Roll him out and enjoy.

Brent Burns D SAN 4 Days

Burns had an assist and a shot through 23:43 of ice time in Tuesday's win over Washington.

Despite the move back to defense, Burns has a point in all three games this season, for a total of four assists. The Caveman is an offensive threat at any position.

Brent Burns D SAN 11 Days

Burns picked up two assists in the second period of Wednesday's opening-night 4-0 shutout of the Kings.

Burns grabbed the primary assist on goals by Patrick Marleau and Tommy Wingels. Owners who drafted him as a defenseman (where he will play for the foreseeable future) were treated to a productive game in this one. It's a good thing that leagues don't count giveaways, though, as his five cough-ups were a game-high.

Brent Burns D SAN 27 Days

Burns had a goal, three shots, a hit, four blocked shots, and 26:39 of playing time in one of the Sharks' split-squad preseason games against the Canucks on Tuesday.

Burns did it all and showed why he'll be a highly sought after d-man in fantasy this season. He's scoring, playing defense, and likely to log a ton of minutes. Preseason games are a little meaningless and it's dangerous to take too much from them, but Burns certainly showed why he's one of the most exciting defensemen in fantasy this season.

Brent Burns D SAN 5 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 7 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 7 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.