Brent Burns has been named one of the NHL’s three Norris Trophy finalists, honoring the league’s best defenseman of the season.
Burns led all defensemen in goals with 27 and his 353 shots were the seventh most shots ever taken by a defenseman in a single season. That’s the most shots a defenseman has taken since Ray Bourque’s 1995-96 campaign. Burns was also second behind Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson, the Norris winner in 2012 and 2015, in total points.
Head coach Pete DeBoer had high regards for his player whom he changed positions for day one of being named head coach, “He’s a world-class player. He can beat you with his feel, he can beat you with a pass. That’s what great players do.”
Over the course of the season, Burns took another step forward with his already dynamic offensive game and kept improving on defense.
“I think it was great with Pete coming in and just saying, ‘Hey, he’s a d-man.’ For one, that sets a tone a little bit — not a little bit, a lot — for me,” Burns said. “I’ve always kind of battled through that, going back and forth. It’s not a battle, that’s the wrong word. But it’s always been there.”
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