Editor’s note: This is the start of our 2015-16 Sharks Season Review series. We’ll be running one a day throughout most of July. Enjoy.
Brent Burns put together his best season ever, earning a nomination for the Norris Trophy and setting a Sharks record for most points in a single season by a blue-liner. He got better as the season went along and he became more comfortable with new defense partner Paul Martin and was a key piece of the Sharks Final run.
Burns tallied 75 points, a career high, on 27 goals and 48 assists. That goal total led all defenders, it also placed Burns at 29th on the all-time list for goals by a defender in a single season. His single season total is the best since Mike Green scored 31 in the 2008-09 campaign. Before that, you’d have to go to Al MacInnis’ 28 goals in the 1993-94 season.
So yeah, it was a real good year for a player that provides an explosive amount of energy every time he steps on the ice. He’s incredible at 5v5 and a force to be reckoned with on the power play. Add in that his defensive work has vastly improved and you’ve got an incredibly valuable player. Burns will get a nice, big contract when he becomes a UFA next year — I hope it’s with the Sharks.
2015-16 Sharks 5v5 Forward Usage Chart (via Corsica Hockey):
ZSR: Zone Start Ratio; The percentage of non-neutral zone starts that are offensive zone starts (OZS/(OZS + DZS))
TOI.QoT: Time On Ice Quality of Teammates; The weighted average TOI% of a player’s teammates
Rel.CF%: Individual corsi-for percentage subtracted by the team’s overall corsi-for percentage.