BREAKING: The #Flyers have acquired defenseman Justin Braun from San Jose in exchange for a second-round pick in this year’s draft (41st overall) and third-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) June 18, 2019
Justin Braun Traded from Sharks to Flyers
The Flyers completed a trade Tuesday with the Sharks. The Flyers acquire defenseman Justin Braun in exchange for a 2019 2nd rounder and a 2020 3rd rounder.
The Flyers get an excellent shutdown defenseman with a good point shot and two-way play with Braun. This season, he scored two goals and 14 assists for 16 points, adding 35 minutes in penalties. His possession numbers were 49.7 percent Corsi and a relative Corsi of -6.9%. Those totals are low compared to last season, where he scored five goals, 28 assists for 33 points. Over his nine-year NHL career, Braun has played exclusively for the Sharks. In that time, he has 24 goals and 130 assists for 154 career points in 607 career games. His original draft position was the 7th round, 201st overall of the 2007 NHL draft, picked up by the Sharks.
What This Means for the Future
With Philadelphia’s absolute logjam on defense, bringing in a quality top-four defenseman like Braun signals for the departure of a current piece. Rumors have included a Shayne Gostisbehere trade, something that becomes much more likely with Braun’s acquisition.
Braun is no spring chicken, but he does add some solid playoff experience to a young, retooling Flyers team. He’s shown his ability as a “quiet giant” type leader before, and he functions well in terms of filling the hole left by Radko Gudas and Andrew MacDonald. He should provide a solid foundation for young defensemen like Travis Sanheim and Philippe Myers coming down the line for the Flyers.
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