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Justin Braun | Defenseman

Team: San Jose Sharks
Age / DOB:  (27) / 2/10/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 205
College: UMass-Amherst
Contract: view contract details

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Justin Braun may have been injured in a tussle with the Stars' Antoine Roussel.
Braun was being held down by a linesman when Roussel punched him in the face. Roussel picked up a game misconduct and we will have to see about the health of Braun since the incident took place with only 69 seconds left in the game. Nov 9 - 8:39 AM

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Justin Braun's five-year contract is worth $19 million.

He set career highs with four goals, 13 assists, 17 points and 146 blocked shots in 82 games last season. Braun averaged 20:59 of ice time per game and saw plenty of time on San Jose's shutdown tandem alongside Marc-Edouard Vlasic.
Sep 17 - 3:57 PM

Justin Braun has reached a five-year contract extension with the San Jose Sharks.

"Justin has emerged as one of our most well-rounded and dependable defensemen," said GM Doug Wilson. "He's an excellent skater who excels in matching up against the opponents top players on a nightly basis and fits in well with our core group of younger players. We feel Justin has just scratched the surface of his talent and we are excited to have him under contract for the next six seasons." His new deal won't go into effect until the end of the 2014-15 campaign. In 82 games last year, Braun registered 17 points, 121 shots and a plus-19 rating.
Sep 17 - 2:19 PM

Justin Braun and the San Jose Sharks have engaged in preliminary contract extension talks.

Braun isn't scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent until 2015, but it's not surprising that the Sharks would be interested in locking him up now. He averaged 20:59 minutes per contest in 2013-14 and might top that next season now that Dan Boyle's gone. He should get a big pay increase after he completes his current three-year, $3.75 million contract.
Jul 28 - 5:09 PM

Justin Braun blocked a hard shot during Tuesday's game, but he should be fine for Game 4 on Thursday.

Braun has a goal and a team-leading plus-six rating in three playoff games. He's been playing alongside Brad Stuart.
Apr 24 - 9:56 AM

Justin Braun scored the winner and was plus-three on Sunday.

Braun's goal put the Sharks up 3-2 and gave them a lead that they never relinquished. The Sharks have outscored the Kings 13-5 in the first two games of the series but are expecting a much different Los Angeles team for Game 3. "We've had a couple of great nights offensively, but more games like this . . . uhh, no," Braun said. "We obviously can't be disappointed with the goals we've scored, but they're a good team and the games aren't all going to be like this." Game 3 goes on Tuesday at the Staples Center.
Apr 21 - 9:27 AM

Justin Braun leads Sharks defensemen with a plus-minus of plus-16 and is second behind Dan Boyle with 21 minutes, 23 seconds of ice time per game.

Braun's offensive numbers remain modest, with three goals and 11 assists in 58 games this season. But his improved skating ability has allowed him to join the rush more often and still be aware of his responsibilities on the defensive end, where he usually matches up with the opposing team's top line. Braun, who turns 27 on Monday, wasn't invited to the Americans' Olympic orientation camp last summer and never really seemed to catch the full attention of those who chose the team, which features some of the best defensemen in the NHL. But he is quietly having the best season of his NHL career, which began with the Sharks in November, 2010. "He's an elite skater, but he's brought it to another level this year," Sharks assistant coach Jim Johnson said. "He spent time this summer working on it, and you can see that the effort he's put in over the course of the last year has really benefited him. He's been a real bright spot for us on the back end."
Feb 8 - 11:13 AM

Justin Braun scored his third goal of the season on Friday.

Braun's goal tied the game at three apiece late in the third before the Hurricanes scored twice to ice it. Braun has nine points and is first in the NHL in plus/minus with a plus-19 this season. He is worth putting in your lineup if you play the plus/minus category.
Sat, Dec 7, 2013 09:50:00 AM

Justin Braun's goal Thursday night was his first with the San Jose Sharks since Feb. 10, 2012.

"It was good to get that out of the way early. I didn’t want to go another 20, 30, 40 games to get that off my back," said Braun, who dealt with a broken bone in his hand last season. "It’s nice to get that, and help the team win." Of course, offense isn’t the primary reason why Braun is in the NHL, or why he’s been able to cement his position in one of the Sharks’ top two pairs on the blue line. Partnered with the steady Marc-Edouard Vlasic for much of the second half of last season, that tandem was routinely seeing the best opposing forwards down the stretch and into the postseason.
Sat, Oct 5, 2013 12:00:00 PM

Justin Braun will need surgery to repair a hand injury suffered in Finland.

Braun was injured during the lockout in December as he broke the hamate bone in his left hand that kept him out of action for five weeks, but managed to play in the Sharks' first game January 20. "The start of the year it was a little tough getting used to, I wore a pad on my hand. The last couple months, it wasn't a problem," Braun said. "The training staff did a good job keeping that in check. I'll have to go in and get some surgery next week. It's just minor. It will be quick. Then I'll get back to work." He should be fine for the start of training camp in September.
Fri, May 31, 2013 07:16:00 AM

Justin Braun is good to go after missing a large part of Game 6 and should be in the lineup Tuesday night.

Braun left during the first period and missed a decent portion of the game with what's believed to be a back injury. It sounds like the time off helped him heal and he should be good to go for Game 7.
Tue, May 28, 2013 03:46:00 PM

Justin Braun missed a good chunk of Game 6 with a suspected back injury.

Braun absorbed a hit from Los Angeles' Jordan Nolan roughly four minutes into Sunday's game. "Sore moving the leg right away," Braun said. "They loosened it up in the back, and got ready. … Just kind of one of those freak things. It happens, I guess. It’s never happened to me. It’s fine now." He missed the remainder of the first period, but ended up logging 13:51 minutes in the contest.
Mon, May 27, 2013 04:26:00 PM

Sharks defenseman Justin Braun found himself watching Friday's loss to the Blackhawks from the press box.

The return of Brent Burns has made it increasingly difficult for Braun to find a spot in the lineup so he's not worth rostering at this time.
Sun, Feb 17, 2013 09:03:00 AM

Justin Braun (hand) took part in a full practice on Monday.

Braun suffered a hairline fracture in his hand while playing with Tappaara of the SM-liiga. The Sharks are not sure that he will be ready for the opener on Sunday but his participation in practice is a good sign. He is not exactly an offensive dynamo with only 11 points last season in 66 games so we suggest passing on him in your drafts.
Tue, Jan 15, 2013 10:15:00 AM

Justin Braun had an MRI which revealed a possible hairline fracture in his hand.

Braun is returning to North America after playing in six games with Tappara of the SM-liiga. The good news is that even if he does have a fractured hand, the bone is question is not believed to be a major one. All-in-all, the news has certainly gotten better for Braun and the Sharks since the story originally broke.
Thu, Dec 13, 2012 09:20:00 AM

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3Joe Pavelski
4Andrew Desjardins
5Barclay Goodrow
6Chris Tierney
7Melker Karlsson
LW1Patrick Marleau
2Tomas Hertl
3James Sheppard
4Tye McGinn
5Mike Brown
6Raffi Torres
RW1Tommy Wingels
2Matthew Nieto
3Tyler Kennedy
4John Scott
D1Brent Burns
2Marc-Edouard Vlasic
3Justin Braun
4Brenden Dillon
5Mirco Mueller
6Matt Irwin
7Scott Hannan
8Matt Tennyson
G1Antti Niemi
2Alex Stalock