One game must not have been enough for the San Jose Sharks to give Brent Burns a run up top. On Thursday night, Burns will be up with the forward lines again, for the second consecutive game.
That comes after Todd McLellan ran him out there on the third line on Tuesday night. Burns actually scored a goal and didn’t look too bad. On Thursday, not only will he be back on the forward ranks, but he’ll be joining the top line, skating next to Joe Thornton and Logan Couture.
The transition up top was considered something of a temporary move, with the Sharks enduring quite a few injuries up there. This probably isn’t going to be a permanent solution, but if Burns goes out and plays as well as he did on Tuesday, he could be there for the foreseeable future.
After their hot start, the Sharks have sputtered of late, particularly on the offensive end. Burns proved to be a nice addition to their offensive attack. Which is why he’s getting another run. For an offensive defenseman, it’s not too difficult of a transition to make. He’ll still see some action on the blue line, mainly when the Sharks are on the power play, but as of right now he’s a forward for this team.
Burns brings some size to the forward lines. He’s fast and has very good hands for a defenseman. Which can make him an asset at forward, particularly while the Sharks are trying to regain some consistency on offense. Playing up on the top line could prove to be a terrific situation for Burns and the Sharks.