Justin Braun D SAN 14 Days

Braun scored his first goal of the season and added an assist in Saturday's win over Calgary.

Not known as a big offensive producer, Braun has managed 10 points in 28 games this season, to go with an impressive plus-8 rating. Averaging 21:20 of ice time per game, Braun logs heavy minutes benhidn a talented offense in San Jose. Considering he has 30 PIM and is on pace for 30 points, Braun could be worth a look in some deeper formats.

Justin Braun D SAN 2 Months

Braun picked up 14 PIM and blocked five shots in Sunday's win over Anaheim.

Braun has three assists in 10 games this season, to go with a plus-3 rating. Currently playing on the team's top defensive pairing, Braun logs heavy minutes and sees second-unit power-play time. He isn't a big offensive contributor, though, never surpassing 20 points in his career. He provides more value to the Sharks than he does to fantasy owners.

Justin Braun D SAN 2 Months

Braun had an assist, a plus-1 rating, and a shot in the Sharks loss to the Bruins on Tuesday.

Braun has three assists through the season's opening seven games, as well as a plus-3 rating. Braun remains a serviceable fantasy option, but he doesn't stand out in any category.

Justin Braun D SAN 3 Months

Braun, who set career bests with 17 points, four goals, and 13 assists last season, has inked a five-year extension with the Sharks, which will begin in the 2015-16 season.

Braun's strengths for fantasy lie in his 20:59 of average ice time last year. His fantasy value is limited though. He led the team with 2:11 per night in shorthanded ice time and his career-high 17 points is nothing that will get you drafting him in early rounds. Great signing for the Sharks, but he's a fill-in kind of fantasy player in most formats.

Justin Braun D SAN 5 Months

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.

Justin Braun D SAN 8 Months

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.

Justin Braun D SAN 8 Months

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.

Justin Braun D SAN 11 Months

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."

Justin Braun D SAN Sep 17 '79

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.

Justin Braun D SAN Jul 16 '79

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.