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08-09-2012, 09:34 AM
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Originally Posted by tarheelhockey View Post
I would think that this is a player whose ATD usefulness has receded with time. He is not held in the same esteem as he was 2-3 years ago.
By that logic Souray is a bad pick in even the AA draft!!

Franzen's best three PLAYOFF years ended in 2010, scoring 59 of his 73 career playoff points in a 3-year span. But in the regular season, 10 of his 29 goals in 2011/12 were game winning goals, that's more GWGs last season than Datsyuk and Zetterberg COMBINED!!! His 3rd, 4th, 6th and last, 7th season in the NHL regular season are significant, his 5th season only significant for the fact that it has one of his three great NHL playoffs.

This draft has seen one great playoff postseason picks made. The Mule has had three great playoffs and at least four significant seasons.

As a fourth line winger in this draft (especially given SEVERAL picks made before him and taking on surprisingly bigger roles than his will be), Franzen is excellent for his clutch play when it matters most, his physical play, his ability to help a less physical linemate get ice to skate, his net presence. He is the third best forward on a top NHL club and brings more than just points to the table, though when the game is on the line, he helps in that regard too.

I have always admired his game. And I hate the Wings.


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