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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
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Justin Braun's upper-body injury is a hand injury.
Braun was hurt when he blocked a shot from New Jersey's Mike Cammalleri on Jan. 19 and is expected to miss the next four-to-six weeks as a result. "Saw the shot from the point and tried to punch it away," Braun recalled. "I knew it was bad at that point. Eventually I dropped my stick. I tried to poke-check Marty [Havlat] and [the stick] just popped out of my hand. At that point, I pretty much knew something was pretty bad." He has a goal and 19 points in 47 games this season. Jan 27 - 6:54 PM

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Coach Todd McLellan expects Justin Braun to be out "weeks" with an upper-body injury.

He blocked a shot by New Jersey's Mike Cammalleri during the second period and exited the game shortly after. Braun had been productive of late, with five assists in three games going into this past Monday's match versus the Devils. He has been placed on injured reserve by San Jose.
Jan 20 - 6:26 PM

Justin Braun suffered an upper-body injury on Monday.

Braun was hurt early in the second period. He has a goal and 19 points in 47 games in 2014-15. The exact nature or severity of his injury isn't known, but Sharks coach Todd McLellan made it sound like this isn't a short-term problem.
Jan 20 - 9:58 AM

Justin Braun had two assists in San Jose's 3-1 win over Toronto on Thursday night.

It's tough to say that Braun really deserved his two tallies, but that's hockey's secondary assist award system for you. He simply wasn't a key component to the goals. Regardless, through 45 games he now has 16 assists and 17 points on the season, tying his career single-season high in points that he set last year in 82 games.
Jan 16 - 2:07 AM

Justin Braun leads the San Jose Sharks with 61 blocked shots.

The defenseman has a goal and 13 points in 35 games with 32 penalty minutes and a plus-five rating in 35 games. If you are in a pool that uses blocked shots and penalty minutes, he is a nice fifth defenseman.
Sat, Dec 27, 2014 09:32:00 AM

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.
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 08:39:00 AM

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.
Wed, Sep 17, 2014 03:57:00 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.
Wed, Sep 17, 2014 02:19:00 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.
Mon, Jul 28, 2014 05:09:00 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.
Thu, Apr 24, 2014 09:56:00 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.
Mon, Apr 21, 2014 09:27:00 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."
Sat, Feb 8, 2014 11:13:00 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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Joe Thornton
2Logan Couture
3Joe Pavelski
4Andrew Desjardins
LW1Patrick Marleau
2Tomas Hertl
3James Sheppard
4Tye McGinn
5Mike Brown
6Raffi Torres
RW1Tommy Wingels
2Matthew Nieto
3Melker Karlsson
4Tyler Kennedy
5John Scott
6Barclay Goodrow
D1Brent Burns
2Marc-Edouard Vlasic
3Justin Braun
4Brenden Dillon
5Mirco Mueller
6Matt Irwin
7Scott Hannan
8Matt Tennyson
G1Antti Niemi
2Alex Stalock