• Sharks' Braun Out For Finale With Illness

    News: Justin Braun will miss Saturday's game against the Kings due to an illness, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.
    Analysis: With Scott Hannan (face) also unavailable, John Scott will move over from forward to give the Sharks six blueliners. Though he occupied a top-four role on defense for most of the season, Justin Braun's limited offensive abilities resulted in him finishing with one goal and 23 points over 70 games. His fantasy utility remains limited to very deep formats.
  • Sharks' Braun Struggling To Produce Offense

    News: Justin Braun has struggled lately, with no goals and two assists in his last 16 games. He has also been held without a single shot in four of those games.
    Analysis: Justin Braun set a career high in points this season, but hasn't been able to get the goals total up, scoring just one goal on December 6. His struggles lately have mirrored those of much of the Sharks defensive group. With the Sharks struggling at large and seemingly resigned to missing the playoffs, don't expect a stark turnaround from Braun in the season's final weeks.
  • Sharks' Braun Back To Form

    News: Justin Braun had an assist, a plus-1 rating, two penalty minutes, a shot, and 21:26 of ice time in Thursday's win over the Stars.
    Analysis: Justin Braun produced some solid numbers for owners in his second game back from injury. This is the exact kind of game you want from Braun if you're rostering him. You won't get huge numbers, but there's the possibility of getting a little production across categories.
  • Sharks' Braun To Make Return Tuesday

    News: Justin Braun (upper body) has been activated from injured reserve and will return to the lineup Tuesday against the Predators, Curtis Pashelka of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
    Analysis: It was believed that Justin Braun wouldn't be back until the Stadium Series match against the Kings over the weekend, but the blueliner will beat that timetable by a few days. After missing the Sharks' previous 11 games, Braun will rejoin Brenden Dillon on the Sharks' second pairing. Matt Tennyson was reassigned to AHL Worcester to make room for Braun's return.
  • Sharks' Braun Targeting Return For Stadium Series

    News: Justin Braun (upper body) is hoping to return to action for the Stadium Series game against the Kings on Feb. 21, CSN Bay Area reports.
    Analysis: The left hand injury has sidelined Justin Braun for the last 10 games. He was projected to miss about four-to-six weeks after suffering the injury Jan. 19, and is rapidly approaching the short end of that timetable. However, since he has yet to resume practicing with the rest of the team, it's too early to say if he'll be ready to play by next weekend.
  • Sharks' Braun Sidelined By Broken Finger

    News: Justin Braun (finger) will miss the next four-to-six weeks, CSN Bay Area reports.
    Analysis: Justin Braun, who suffered a broken finger on his left hand while blocking a shot back on Jan. 19, skated on Tuesday, but he'll need to wait until his finger heals up fully before rejoining the Sharks' lineup.
  • Sharks Place Braun (Upper Body) On IR

    News: Justin Braun (upper body) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.
    Analysis: Justin Braun sustained an upper-body injury in Monday's loss to the Devils and is set to be "out a while." Mirco Mueller (wrist) was activated from IR in a corresponding move.
  • Sharks' Braun Sidelined

    News: Coach Todd McLellan indicated that Justin Braun will be out "a while" with an unspecified upper body injury.
    Analysis: Per the San Jose Mercury News, Justin Braun left Monday's game against New Jersey after blocking a shot and it sounds like the blueliner -- who has notched 19 points in 47 games -- will probably miss time beyond Wednesday's game against the Kings.
  • Sharks' Braun Has Back-To-Back Productive Games

    News: Justin Braun registered two assists for the second straight game in Saturday's loss to the Flames.
    Analysis: With five points in his last three games, Justin Braun now has 19 points (one goal) in 46 games on the season, to go with a plus-5 rating. Averaging 21:03 of ice time and contributing 34 PIM, the 27-year-old has been a decent fantasy option this season. On track for 35 points, Braun is worth looking at in some very deep leagues.
  • Rare Multi-Point Effort For Sharks' Braun

    News: Justin Braun turned in a pair of assists and blocked six shots in Thursday's 3-1 win over Toronto.
    Analysis: It's his first multi-point game in more than a month, dating back to Dec. 6. Justin Braun isn't known for providing much offense, but he does have four helpers in the last five games and a career-high 16 points in 45 games for the season.