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04-22-2013, 12:33 PM
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Originally Posted by triggrman View Post
No, it's not. First there's only 2 years difference between Franson and Blum and 2 between Blum and Ellis. Not 10 years.

Next, Franson is in the top 10 in scoring now for defensemen and he's not hit his peak, has plenty of room to grow.
He's still playing very selective 5-on-5 minutes (he's on the bottom pairing and will not be moving up - #4 in total ToI among defensemen and that only 'cause of injuries to guys like Gunnarsson, #6 in avg ToI per game) and is getting tons of power play time (he's in the top-5 in 5v4 ToI with Phaneuf, Kessel, Bozak, and JvR - #2 in ToI among defensemen by a huge margin). With that shot of his, of course he's going to have lots of points in a situation like that.

All that's happened is that his niche has been (re)discovered and he's not being asked to do anything outside of that. He's a specialist being told to do nothing other than his specialty.

Ellis doesn't have it nearly as good right now. So the comparison is rather unfair.

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