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05-10-2011, 01:02 PM
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Franson stepped up his game considerably in the POs. Wilson seemed to learn from his benching he's gotta' put in the effort ALL the time.

Wilson still is our future 1st line power forward. I refuse to believe he's headed down the Hartnell path with Trotz; and I don't think our Captain is gonna' let that happen, either. Boy has to be driven by pride - you can't be an elite athlete without some. He watched Hals earn increased time and score a game winner - he knows that was HIS SPOT Hals was skating in.

Franson may have made this a bit more interesting. With Blum coming up and playing well, with Josi and Ellis on the way - had to think Franson's days were numbered, even if it wasn't his fault and truly just the result of an embarrassment of wealth of D in our system. However....... he was a mostly adequate 3rd pair guy this year. In the POs he stepped up and didn't hurt us there. So, no reason to think we couldn't make do with him as a 3rd pair guy and PP specialist for several years. He's got size none of those guys have - can't teach size. JP, Horny, Hartnell - lotta' guys have made themselves better skaters - no reason Franson can't.

Personally, if Josi or Ellis can play up next year, I'd like to see us move Franson for a skilled forward. But, if Franson makes a few more strides next year and Blum can bring us a better return, that just might be OK.

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