Brent Burns and Timo Meier combined for 17 points last week as both were recognized for their efforts.
The San Jose Sharks have had many of their top players performing at high levels, but one stood out above the rest last week. Brent Burns re-established his dynamic offensive game with goals in three-straight contests as he was recognized as the third star of the week by the NHL today.
Burns led all defensemen last week with three goals, three assists and six points, including a three-point game against the Montreal Canadiens last Monday. His goal against Vancouver tied the game and established a new career-high for a season as it was his 23rd tally of the year.
As I wrote about over the weekend, Burns has been coming on for San Jose in all facets of the game as he’s been a plus-11 since the calendar turned to 2016. For the season, Burns ranks second amongst defensemen and third on the Sharks with 57 points, while his 23 goals leads the entire league from the blue line.
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Top Prospect Takes Home First Star Honors
Switching gears, Burns wasn’t the only player in the Sharks organization who had quite the week. Top prospect Timo Meier was sensational in garnering first star honors in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).
The 19-year-old Meier posted six goals and five assists in four road games last week, including three game-winning goals for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. It’s been a transition year for Meier who spent his first two-and-a-half years in the QMJHL with the Halifax Mooseheads.
After posting 11 goals and 25 assists with a plus-seven rating in 23 games with Halifax, Meier has been even better following the trade. In 24 games with the Huskies, Meier has 19 goals and 21 assists with a plus-17 rating as he’s continued his development and growth. He’s combined for 76 points in 47 games this year after posting 90 points in 61 games a season ago.
It’s the second time that Meier, San Jose’s first round pick in 2015 (ninth overall), has taken home first star honors with his other coming when he was still a member of Halifax during the second week of December.
Meanwhile, Meier begins a three-game home stand on Wednesday night as he looks to continue his impressive campaign.