With a whopping eight points in four games, Brent Burns was the NHL’s leading scorer headed into Wednesday’s duo of contests.
Playing three games in four nights only seemed to feed the beast. After generating a goal to start his 2016-17 season on Oct. 12, Burns really caught fire lately, including two goals and three assists between Monday and Tuesday.
And it’s not as if this is all dumb luck.
For one thing, Burns already laid down a precedent in 2015-16, scoring a ridiculous 75 points. Defensemen not named Erik Karlsson aren’t supposed to be able to light up the scoreboard like that in the modern NHL.
Yes, a 15 shooting percentage is a little high – particularly for a blueliner – but Burns is enough of a unique weapon that he could very well flirt with the kind of efficiency enjoyed by forwards.
Is Burns slated to score at his current two-points-per-game pace and hit 164? No, but it’s not totally outrageous to imagine the Wookie-like defenseman managing 82 points in as many games, health permitting.
His incredible start could very well be the natural progression from the leap he took last season, and it probably doesn’t hurt that he’s playing for a new contract (and so many pizzas!).
NEW YORK (AP) The New York Islanders recalled defenseman Ryan Pulock on an emergency basis Wednesday from Bridgeport of the American Hockey League.
The 22-year-old Pulock had an assist and a plus-2 rating in Bridgeport’s first two games of the season. Last season, He had two goals and two assists in 15 games with the Islanders last season and seven goals and 17 assists in 51 games with the Sound Tigers.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound defenseman, from Dauphin, Manitoba, was selected 15th overall by the Islanders in the 2013 draft.