It's not often a Wookiee is beaten by a loaf of bread, but this is the NHL, where upsets abound! Brent Burns was named second star of the week by NHL.com, losing out to Artemi Panarin, a Calder Trophy candidate.
SECOND STAR - BRENT BURNS, D, SAN JOSE SHARKS
Burns finished second among all scorers and first among defensemen with 1-6-7 in four games as the Sharks (44-29-6, 94 points) gained six of a possible eight standings points. Burns began the week by notching one goal and one assist in a 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings Mar. 28. On Mar. 29, he recorded two assists in a 4-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks and added two assists in a 4-2 loss to the Canucks on Mar. 31. He finished the week with one assist in a 3-2 shootout win over the Nashville Predators Apr. 2. Burns leads all defensemen with 27 goals this season and ranks second among blueliners with 74 points.
Personally, I think this shift alone earned him consideration.
Burns is putting forth a season that may end with him getting a Norris Trophy nomination. He was recently named the NHL's third star of the month in March.