Moving Forward

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Moving Forward
Jason O. Watson-USA TODAY Sports

It may have been an act of desperation that made San Jose Sharks head coach Todd McLellan decide to move the defensemen Brent Burns to a forward position, but the results have been pure genius. In what the media has dubbed as “The Burns Experiment” has showcased a positive shakeup in the Sharks offensive strategy. Prior to the addition of the all-star defensemen as a winger to the top line alongside Joe Thornton and Logan Couture, the Sharks had hit a slump that ranked them among the worst in the NHL in scoring, an average of just 1.94 per game. Since the move forward, Burns has garnered six goals and eight assists, immediately scoring in his debut game as a forward against the Saint Louis Blues. Coincided with Burns move forward has been the Sharks notable upswing and offensive shift that has resulted in their winning six of seven home games...

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