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05-19-2013, 10:11 PM
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Originally Posted by triggrman View Post
On the flip side, if not for his offensive contributions they might not even make the playoffs.
AS I SAID EARLIER ... he had a good offensive season this year, primarily assists ... 1 ES goal all year, 3 pp goals, 40% of his assists on the PP. For all of the praise his snap shot receives, it doesn't generate that many goals over the season ... 5 goals in 11-12, 4 this past season. He barely plays on the PK ... 8th in TOI/game short handed among Leafs' d-men. 7th in ES TOI/game among their blueline ... 15:03 per game ... or 3rd pairing minutes.

At the time of the trade, Blum had just put up similar numbers in the regular season and Ellis was knocking on the door. There was also some kid named Josi needing a slot. Unfortunately, Blum and Ellis only managed half a season of good offensive play each ... but both are younger than Franson with as much, if not more, potential.

One playoff game this season accounts for much of Franson's accolades, and 2/3 of his post season goal scoring. It also had him feature prominently in a few Bruins goals including the series winner.

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