Justin Braun


St. Paul Minnesota

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7th round (201st overall), 2007


205 lbs.

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2006-07: Braun had an impressive first season at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. The average-sized rearguard was named to Hockey East’s All-Rookie team after recording four goals and ten assists in 38 games as a freshman.

2007-08: This was Braun’s sophomore season at the University of Massachusetts (Hockey East). The defenseman played in all 36 games, finishing the season with 20 points on four goals and 16 assists. He recorded 90 shots on goal and 20 PIM. He was a Hobey Baker candidate after finishing with four multi-point games. He scored UMass’ first goal of the season at No. 13 Clarkson on Oct. 12.

2008-09: A solid season for University of Massachusetts(H-East) defenseman Justin Braun. Competing in 39 games, Braun finished with 23 points and 50 PIMs. His 7 goals were a career high. Braun will continue his young career at University of Massachusetts.

2009-10: In his final year at University of Massachusetts(H-East)), Justin Braun proved he was more than ready to make the jump to the pro-leagues. Braun finished with career highs in both goals and assists, scoring 8 times and gathering 23 assists in 36 games. he also played a more disciplined game, racking up just 30 PIMS. His stellar season earned him a late season audition with the Worcester Sharks(AHL), where Braun played 3 games. The defender notched 3 points in his short stint with the Sharks to go along with his +7 rating.

2010-11: Braun made his NHL debut in late November and skated in 28 games for the Sharks as a rookie; shuffling between San Jose and their AHL affiliate Worcester. Braun scored 2 goals with 9 assists and was -1 with 2 PMs, averaging 16:30 of ice time per game with the Sharks. In 34 games for Worcester he scored 5 goals with 18 assists and was +1 with 8 PMs. Three of his five goals were scored on the power play. Worcester missed qualifying for the playoffs, finishing three points behind Connecticut for the final spot.


Talent Analysis

Braun is a steady, hard-working defensive defenseman with excellent stick skills. His intelligence, superb on-ice vision and sense of anticipation allow him to effectively take away passing and shooting lanes, as well as aid in his ability to move the puck. Defensively, Braun is fundamentally sound and is quite good in one-on-one situations. Though Braun is a very good skater and strong on his skates, he needs to develop some quickness. He will need to add some bulk to his frame to be able to compete at the next level.



Braun has graduated from the prospect ranks after playing 66 games for the San Jose Sharks in 2011-12.


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Photo: San Jose Sharks defenseman and University of Massachusetts alum Justin Braun is the first of a recent group of that school's alums to make it to the NHL (courtesy of Don Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)


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