Consistency is often forgotten in lieu of a flashy play. It is perfectly fine to appreciate the play that makes your jaw drop. Just don’t forget the unsung heroes.
Justin Braun is a defensemen that won’t ever find himself in the hall of fame. Try as he might, his game just won’t ever be on that special level. It can be a tough realization but can also be a silver lining if noticed early in one’s career.
Complimentary players can be overvalued but when put in the right scenario they can make a team hum. That is who Braun is to the Sharks. 23 points won’t be missed in the grand scheme of things, if and when he leaves the team. What will be missed is the nature of his pairing with Marc Edouard Vlasic.
Take note of the other seventh round draft pick, one day you just may miss him.
2015-16 Sharks 5v5 Forward Usage Chart (via Corsica Hockey):
ZSR: Zone Start Ratio; The percentage of non-neutral zone starts that are offensive zone starts (OZS/(OZS + DZS))
TOI.QoT: Time On Ice Quality of Teammates; The weighted average TOI% of a player’s teammates
Rel.CF%: Individual corsi-for percentage subtracted by the team’s overall corsi-for percentage.
Justin Braun Hero Chart (via OwnThePuck):
Hockey is a tough, tough sport. We all know this. Justin Braun blocking a shot with his helmet though, is on an entirely different level of toughness. I doubt he will ever want to repeat this feat but the fact that it happened AND he was able to skate off the ice under his own power will live on for a long time. Hockey players risk a lot going out on the ice, hats off to them.