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7 Facts: Braydon Coburn

Get to know the newest Islanders defenseman

by Sasha Kandrach @KandrachSasha / NewYorkIslanders.com

On Sunday night - the eve of the NHL's Trade Deadline - the Islanders acquired defenseman Braydon Coburn from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for the the team's seventh round selection in the 2022 NHL Draft.

Get to know the Islanders newest defenseman in the latest edition of 7 Facts. You can read 7 Facts on Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac here. 

1.   DRAFTED BY THE THRASHERS 

Coburn, 36, was drafted eighth overall by the Atlanta Thrashers at the 2003 NHL Draft. At the time, Coburn had spent the previous two seasons with the Portland Winterhawks in the WHL and would go on to play another two years of junior hockey before beginning his professional career. 

2.   VETERAN PRESENCE

Since breaking into the NHL in 2006, Coburn has compiled an impressive resume throughout his 15-year NHL career. The left shot has totaled 234 points (49G and 185A) and 716 PIMs in 980 career NHL games with the Atlanta Thrashers (2005-07), Philadelphia Flyers (2007-14), Tampa Bay Lightning (2014-20) and Senators (2020-21). 

There's an Islanders connection in Coburn's past as well. In 2007, the Islanders traded defenseman Alexei Zhitnik to Philadelphia for Randy Robitaille and Philadelphia later dealt Zhitnik to Atlanta in exchange for Coburn at the 2007 trade deadline. 

3.   POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE 

In addition to 980 regular season games, the 6-foot-5, 224-pound blueliner has skated 137 career Stanley Cup Playoff games and scored 32 points (3G, 9A).  

Throughout his career, Coburn has appeared in 3 Stanley Cup Finals (Philadelphia 2010, Tampa Bay 2015, 2020) and 6 Eastern Conference Finals. 

4.   STANLEY CUP CHAMPION

Coburn finally won the ultimate prize last season with the Tampa Bay Lightning with a 4-2 series victory over the Dallas Stars in the Edmonton bubble. While Coburn only dressed in three games of Tampa's championship run, he was still the third player on the team to hoist the cup following Lightning captain Steven Stamkos and Conn Smythe Trophy winner Victor Hedman. 

5.   WJC SUCCESS

The Shaunavon, Saskatchewan native has represented his home country Team Canada on various occasions internationally and at different stages of his career. 

During his early playing days, Coburn represented Team Canada at the World Junior Championships (WJCs) winning a silver medal in 2004 with a 4-3 loss to the United States and taking home gold in 2005 with a 6-1 victory over Russia. Coburn was teammates with Andrew Ladd in the 2005 tournament. 

6.   TWO APPEARANCES AT THE IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 

Coburn also played on behalf of Team Canada at the 2009 and 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championships. In 2009, Coburn and Team Canada took home silver with a 2-1 loss to Team Russia. Newly acquired Islanders forward Travis Zajac was also a member of Team Canada with Coburn that year. 

In 2014, Coburn and Team Canada placed in fifth. 

7.   TRUE DEFENSIVE DEFENSEMAN

Known for his defensive game, Coburn has made a name for himself over his career for his willingness and ability to block shots. Over the course of his career, Coburn has totaled 1,208 blocks, which ranks 50th among all NHL defensemen since 2005-06.

Given his sturdy size, it's no surprise that Coburn has amassed a high sum of hits throughout his career. Since his rookie season, Coburn has thrown 1,455 career hits which ranks the 25th highest among all d-men in the league. 

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