Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks already is known around the National Hockey League as one of the top defensivemen in the game. But, with his strong play to start the 2016-17 season, he is now being considered for the Hart Trophy, which is awarded to the NHL’s most valuable player each year.
Through 50 games, Burns has 21 goals and 51 points, which is by far more than any other defensive player. Typically the most valuable player award is given to players who score goals. However, there is no there player that means more to their team than Burns to the Sharks.
“I think his all-around game is excellent. He’s plus-15. We don’t have to hide him against the best players in the league,” said coach Peter DeBoer. “He’ll play against anybody and takes pride in that. At the same time he creates offense so he has found that nice combination where he is still very effective offensively but he has been great defensively.”