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06-19-2013, 11:56 PM
Larry Hoover
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Originally Posted by Groucho View Post
Sorry dude, the value isn't there and the Oilers aren't looking for a 5/6 RHD.
Franson would be arguably your #1 D...While I don't doubt that in the near future Schultz will be better than Franson, as it stands today, I'd say they are pretty equal. HM to Smid. Franson would be one of your top 3D.

The guy is 25 years old and was on pace for 55 points, 11 goals this year if you include his playoff stats (7 goals, 35 points in 52 total games). That would have put him 2nd in points for all D last season after Karlsson.

The only players who played >50 games with a better PPG on D that season were E. Karlsson, K. Letang, D. Byfuglien

He's finally learned how to use his 6'5 frame to throw big hits and has a fantastic point shot that is ridiculous at getting through traffic and from his stick to the net quickly. He's good off the rush on D, his biggest flaw is defensive zone positioning, this can be taught by experience and good coaching. Franson is a great defenceman and you clearly haven't watched him play if you think he's a bottom pairing D.

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