Braydon Coburn was born in Calgary, Alberta, and played junior hockey with the Portland Winterhawks in the WHL. He won the Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy for top rookie in the WHL for his play in the 2001-2002 season. Coburn was drafted eighth over all into the NHL by the Atlanta Thrashers in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He continued to play on the Winterhawks, however, until the end of the 2004-2005 season. Coburn reported to the Chicago Wolves at the end of the 2004-2005 season and helped with the team's playoff run. He spent the next year with the AHL club, but was called up to the Thrashers for nine games. The next season, 2006-2007, Coburn found himself traded to the Philadelphia Flyers after splitting time with Atlanta and the AHL Wolves. He is a current roster member on the Flyers and has started his first full-time schedule in the 2007-2008 NHL season. Coburn is a sturdy all-around performer on the blueline. He moves very well for a man his size and has a lot of offensive potential. Coburn will need to be more consistent in order to find greater success at the pro level, however, and needs to use his size more effectively. He also needs more offensive polish. Coburn is a career top four defenseman on any team in the NHL and should reach top levels of play in a few years.