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01-19-2013, 04:07 AM
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Originally Posted by nexttothemoon View Post
Franson is a better dman than most seem to think. Just because he's stuck in TO on a fairly deep defensive squad doesn't mean he's crap.

I'd definitely take him over someone like Potter.

I'm not saying the Oilers should trade for him because they already are getting a glut of dmen on the roster but Franson would be a good bottom pairing option if we knew Whitney was not going to be effective anymore.
The Leafs D were worse then the Oilers last year and Franson was their 7th D. He has real bad lateral movement, slow takeoff speed, will play a physical game, but that rarely happens. Often gets caught standing still doing a pylon imitation. You would think he would of excelled under Ron Wilson and the type of wide open game he coaches, but if anything he took a big step backward. He was often a HS and when he did played it was only because of injuries to other D on the team He has a above average shot and does not do a bad job at carrying the puck, but his poor decision making and hockey sense wouldn't make him a good fit in Edmonton.

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