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06-20-2013, 12:03 AM
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Originally Posted by Larry Hoover View Post
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.

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.
It's like I said 3 or 4 posts up.
We've seen him play for Nashville for a few years here in Alberta, not to mention we get the leafs crammed down our throats all year by TSN and CBC, so yeah, I've seen him play.

Since you're including his playoff stats into his projection, would you like to talk about his 20% shooting ? Because here at HF we love to use the phrase unsustainable about that kind of thing.

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