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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 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

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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

Justin Braun has sustained a fracture in his hand and he will return to North America for treatment.

The extent of the damage is unclear at this time, but we'll keep you posted when we learn more. Bruan had three assists in six games with Tappara prior to the injury.
Tue, Dec 11, 2012 01:21:00 PM

Justin Braun will play for Tappara Tampere of SM-liiga.

Braun is expected to make his debut on Wednesday. He signed a three-year, $3,750,000 million deal with the San Jose Sharks over the summer. Before the lockout, he was scheduled to make $1 million in 2012-13.
Fri, Nov 23, 2012 12:00:00 PM

Justin Braun signed a three-year deal with San Jose on Tuesday.

Financial terms were not disclosed. He primarily played on the Sharks' third defense pairing in 2011-12, while potting two goals and 11 points in 66 games. Braun also registered 66 blocked shots and averaged 16:32 of ice time per contest. He shouldn't be on your fantasy radar going into next season.
Wed, Jun 27, 2012 09:39:00 AM

Justin Braun will play for Team USA in the upcoming IIHF World Championships.

Braun had two goals and 11 points in 66 games in 2011-12. He also had 46 hits and 66 blocked shots.
Sat, Apr 28, 2012 08:18:00 PM

Justin Braun scored his first goal of the season on Sunday.

Braun has three points in 14 games with the Sharks this season. He might have some fantasy value in a few years, but he isn't worth owning in standard leagues right now.
Mon, Dec 12, 2011 11:16:00 AM

Defenseman Justin Braun was reassigned to Worcester less than 24 hours after his misplay cost San Jose a goal in the Sharks' loss Monday.

Braun has little fantasy value, with little scoring ability. He was being used sporadically, playing in some games and designated as a healthy scratch in other games.
Wed, Nov 30, 2011 10:26:00 AM

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PosRoleName
C1Joe Thornton
2Logan Couture
3Andrew Desjardins
LW1Patrick Marleau
2Joe Pavelski
3Tomas Hertl
4Raffi Torres
5James Sheppard
6Mike Brown
7Bracken Kearns
RW1Brent Burns
2Tommy Wingels
3Martin Havlat
4Tyler Kennedy
5Adam Burish
6Eriah Hayes
D1Dan Boyle
2Marc-Edouard Vlasic
3Justin Braun
4Jason Demers
5Brad Stuart
6Matt Irwin
7Scott Hannan
8Taylor Doherty
9Matt Tennyson
G1Antti Niemi
2Alex Stalock