Justin Braun
Justin Braun
32-Year-Old DefensemanD
Philadelphia Flyers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Braun appeared in 78 games with the Sharks last campaign, picking up two goals and 16 points while posting an ugly minus-14 rating. San Jose traded the 32-year-old blueliner to Philadelphia in exchange for a pair of draft picks in June, so he'll be suiting up for the second team of his career in 2019-20. The 6-foot-2 American will play a solid defensive game while logging over 20 minutes of ice time per contest with his new club this season, but he likely won't get any work on the power play, and thus won't produce enough offense to warrant consideration in all but the deepest of fantasy formats. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $19 million extension with the Sharks in September 2014, which runs through the end of the 2019-2020 season.
Dealt to Philadelphia
DSan Jose Sharks
June 18, 2019
The Sharks traded Braun to the Flyers in exchange for a 2019 second-round pick and a 2020 third-round pick Tuesday.
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The Sharks primarily made this move to free up some much needed cap space, so the pair of draft picks they'll be getting back in return are really just an added bonus. Braun's lack of offensive upside will prevent him from being a viable option in most fantasy formats, but he should be able to log 20-plus minutes of ice time per night and hold his own against the opposition's top forwards, making him a valuable piece for Philadelphia.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    20:00
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:03
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:51
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
21:20
0:05
2:41
2018–19
20:18
0:07
2:18
2019–20
20:00
0:03
1:51
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Braun had his best season as a pro in 2017-18, totaling five goals and 33 points while averaging 21:20 of ice time across 81 contests. However, fantasy owners shouldn't be fooled by those numbers, as last season marked the first time the 31-year-old defender has cracked the 25-point threshold in his career, so 30 points should probably be viewed as his ceiling rather than an expectation heading into the 2018-19 campaign. Nonetheless, Braun can be counted on for at least 20 points and an average of over 20 minutes of ice time, making him a solid depth option in deeper fantasy leagues.
After producing a career high of 23 points in each of the prior two seasons, Braun disappointed by recording just 13 in 2016-17. While his offense took a hit, his physical stats were both at career-high levels, as he dished out 136 hits and blocked 161 shots. Additionally, as teammate Brent Burns continued to emerge as a dominant force en route to winning the Norris Trophy, Braun saw his power play time drop from 0:40 to 0:08 per game. Braun skates on a pairing with defensive stalwart Marc-Edouard Vlasic most of the time, which puts him in position to be a good option for extremely deep leagues and those that value physical stats, or as a depth option in more typical settings in the event of injury to another defenseman on your roster.
About to embark on his seventh NHL season, Braun rounds out a very strong top-four defense corps in San Jose that boasts fantasy superstar Brent Burns, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and veteran Paul Martin. The 29-year-old provided much of the same last year, as in 2014-15, finishing with an identical 23 points – albeit in 10 additional games – while skating to a plus-11 and racking up a modest 36 PIM and 114 shots on goal. He brings a little more to the table if your league counts blocked shots, as his 140 were the 34th most in the league and just five behind Burns for the team lead. That being said, it would be a stretch to suggest that there’s much fantasy value here outside of the very deepest of leagues and the occasional daily format (depending on his price), especially since he barely got a sniff of the power play last year with an average of just 0:43 per game.
In his fourth NHL season, Braun hit career-high numbers in goals (four), assists (13), plus/minus (plus-19) and shots (121). And it may be time to revise expectations for Braun up a tiny bit. Just bear in mind that he's a bit of a stay-at-home guy who gets limited power play exposure and sees a lot of time on the penalty kill. That limits his fantasy utility, but that doesn't mean he's without value. His plus/minus should remain solid and he could deliver 20-25 points.
Braun isn't going to put up big fantasy numbers, but he's become a solid stay-at-home defenseman for San Jose. Last season, he finished with 53 hits and 51 blocked shots in 41 games -- that's the best clip in both categories Braun has had over his three seasons in San Jose. His growing role on the San Jose blue line can be seen in his playing time as well. He averaged 18:48 last season, which is up 2:15 from the season before. Unfortunately, he won't help you with points, as he tallied only seven assists last season. That's just not his role. His value in fantasy is, at best, dependent on your league format and depth. And if that's not enough to scare you off him (we sure have tried, though), Braun had surgery on an injured hand during the offseason, though he’s projected to be available for the season opener.
Braun could be the odd-man out on the Sharks' blue line now that Brad Stuart is in town. It's not that he doesn't have talent; there's only so many minutes to go around. Braun has a great shot and moves the puck with ease. And his defensive game has improved immensely. But, with a top five of Dan Boyle, Brent Burns, Stuart, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Douglas Murray, the remaining ice time will be thin at best. Braun will need to unseat Jason Demers for that sixth spot and that spot could end up being a revolving door all season long. But, if Braun does earn it out of camp, watch for the Sharks to give him a shot on the second power-play unit. His value would be much higher on another squad.
Braun made the jump to the NHL for 28 games in 2010-11. Following his callup from AHL Worcester last November, the American defender responded with seven points in his first 10 games, though he did slow down and finish with just four more the rest of the way. In all, he had 23 points (5 G, 18 A) in the minors and two goals and nine assists in the abbreviated NHL campaign. With more experience, the smooth-skating Braun should become a nice fantasy option for poolies involved in deep leagues as he possesses the offensive flair that is not always seen from a defenseman.
Braun is an esteemed prospect of the Sharks, one who could be ready to turn another page in his development track by going pro in 2010-11. This 23-year-old defenseman is best known for his job well done defending for the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in four seasons. At UMass-Amherst, he earned several distinctions including the Defensive Player of the Year award as a Senior. He's a fluid skater with a penchant for scoring, but Team Teal should let him polish his game with Worcester (AHL) in the coming season.
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Breaks 10-game funk
DSan Jose Sharks
March 14, 2019
Braun dished out an assist in Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Panthers.
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Gets involved in high-scoring loss
DSan Jose Sharks
February 18, 2019
Braun tallied an assist and got in a fight in a 6-5 loss to the Bruins on Monday.
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Sneaking back into lineup
DSan Jose Sharks
Knee
January 12, 2019
Braun (knee) is slated to return against the Senators on Saturday, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.
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Not looking good for Thursday
DSan Jose Sharks
Knee
January 9, 2019
Braun (knee) is doubtful to play Thursday night against the Golden Knights, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.
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Lands on IR
DSan Jose Sharks
Knee
January 5, 2019
The Sharks have placed Braun (knee) on injured reserve, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.
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