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01-02-2013, 01:10 PM
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Barons sign quite possibly the best name I've ever seen to a PTO:

The Oklahoma City Barons signed defenseman Kane Lafranchise to a Professional Tryout, General Manager Bill Scott announced today.

Lafranchise, a 6-1, 195-pounder from Edmonton, Alberta has played each of the last three seasons with the Alaska Aces of the ECHL. In 121 games with the Aces, Lafranchise has scored 60 points (7-53-60) while serving 40 penalty minutes.

Prior to turning pro, Lafranchise played three seasons with the University of Alaska-Anchorage. Over those three seasons, he played in 97 games, scoring 33 points (9-24-33). He played two-plus seasons with the Spruce Grove Saints of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. In 119 games, he scored 55 points (19-36-55).

Lafranchise, 24, has spent his entire pro career with the Aces, spanning 131 combined regular season and postseason games. The Edmonton, Alberta native will make his AHL debut for the primary affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers. This season Lafranchise has 21 points (4g, 17a) in 30 games, leading Alaska defensemen in scoring. He is tied for sixth among ECHL defensemen in scoring. Lafranchise is also tied for fifth in both assists by defensemen and power play points by defensemen. He is tied for first in the league with two overtime goals this year. He has ended games with OT goals on November 16 vs. Colorado, and December 1 at Ontario.

Last year - in his first complete professional season - Lafranchise was a breakout star on the Aces blue line. He finished second among Alaska defenseman in scoring with 34 points (3g, 31a), and finished 14th overall among ECHL defensemen. He ended the year ninth in assists by a defenseman. He added five points (g, 4a) in 10 playoff games. Lafranchise led the Aces in plus-minus during the regular season, and finished second among ECHL blue liners with a +20 rating. The 6'1", 199 lbs. Lafranchise was still considered a rookie last year by ECHL standards after joining the team in February 2010 and remaining with the club for the rest of the season and playoffs. This year Lafranchise attended training camp in the AHL with the Lake Erie Monsters.

Prior to turning pro, Lafranchise played three seasons for the University of Alaska - Anchorage from 2007-2010. In his Seawolves career, the blue liner posted 33 points (9g, 24a) in 97 career games. Last season Lafranchise was also recognized by The Hockey News as the winner of the worldwide hockey "Name of the Year" tournament for 2012.

Still looking for that solid PMD to play on the second pairing. This guy seems to have the resume for it, looks like he was rock solid in the E. Sure would be nice to stabilize that blue line.

Also for those who might not speak french his name is french for "the franchise".

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