The braided beard, pre-game happy feet dancing, offensive dynamo put together another monster season for the San Jose Sharks
Burns exploded on offense compiling 83 points with 67 assists in 82 games, earning a nomination for the Norris Trophy alongside Calgary Flames’ Mark Giordano and Tampa Bay Lightning’s Victor Hedman.
The 2017 Norris Trophy winner became the first defenseman in Sharks history to 60 assists in a single season. Burns broke his own record for most points in a single season in franchise history (76 in 2016-2017) and racked up the most points among all blueliners in the entire NHL.
His drive and determination to attack the net and fire wicked shots through traffic at obscure angles poises No. 88 as a nightmare for any defender or goaltender.
Aside from his impressive offensive numbers, Burns was the consistent workhorse on the blueline. He showed up ready to the locker room every single night in the regular season and postseason.