Like Ferriero, Justin Braun joins the Sharks after a four-year collegiate career.
The Vadnais Heights, MN native went East to play hockey at UMass after stints at White Bear High School and in the USHL with the Green Bay Gamblers.
"It was a good experience," Braun says of his time in Wisconsin. "[It is the] best feeder system for college players, so it got me ready for the next step."
He feels collegiate hockey is a unique experience that encourages camaraderie among players.
"[The] biggest [things] in college [are] the short season [and] team pride," says Braun, who graduated with an economics degree. "Every game is make or break your season so yeah, it was a great experience."
His first goal came against the Ottawa Senators in Dany Heatley's return to Canada's capital.
"It was just [a game that] was fun to be a part of," he recalls. "Fans were nuts. Guys were fired up, ready to go. Everyone, top to bottom, played well, and that’s what you expect in those big games."
The Sharks won the December 2nd contest 4-0.
He is currently receiving more ice time after the departure of Derek Joslin (Carolina). He uses a conservative approach to the game when he gets called up.
"You want to do well, make a difference, you don’t want to be out there just cruising around, but at the same time you have to be more conservative up here than in the AHL just because of guys’ speed," he says. "You’ve got to pick your spots, it’s a balancing act."