Brent Burns could be excused if he doesn't fully understand all the fuss being made about his transformation from defenseman to forward the past two games.

Because at 28, he's been there and done that a few times.

Though the NHL listed him on defense when the Minnesota Wild made him the 20th overall pick of the 2003 entry draft, Burns had been skating at right wing for the Brampton Battalion of the OHL. And he was playing forward well enough to earn a spot on Team Canada at the prestigious 2004 World Junior Championship and skate on the "Goof Line" with two future NHL all-stars, Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks and Jeff Carter of the Los Angeles Kings.

None of which is to say that the 6-foot-5, 225-pound Burns isn't getting as big a kick out of his latest stint at forward on a line with two other All-Stars -- Joe Thornton and Logan Couture -- as the San Jose fans who have welcomed Burns' two goals and one assist since leaving the blue line.

"If somebody says, 'Hey, we want to try you here. We think it'll help the team,' fine. That's exciting for me," Burns said Friday before the Sharks flew to Los Angeles for Saturday night's rematch with the Los Angeles Kings. "I think sometimes it's fun, too. Other guys are laughing and joking."