Cody Franson quietly establishing himself as a Top 4 D-man!
Guy has 8 points in 10 games.
He's playing sound two-way hockey and playing very physical on top of that. His signature move of pasting the opposing player on the floor with a punch take down behind the net is really growing on me.
He's getting his shots through and I've really felt he's stabilized our back end with his ability to make a crisp pass out of the zone, and on the offensive end, just getting his shot through whether its hitting the net or the back boards to keep the puck in.
I like his game and was pretty confused with the way he was being handled under Wilson. Glad to see that he's gotten the opportunity to make a case for himself under Carlyle and has done a pretty solid job so far. He still has moments on the ice but honestly you can say that about every guy on our blueline. Mistakes are always going to happen up and down your line up. Some nights it'll bite you in the ass and other nights you'll escape lucky or make up for it somehow.
He's getting his shots through very well this year. Waits just half a second longer to take a good look before firing off a quick wristshot from the point that stays low. I don't see why he can't keep up his play for the rest of this season so long as he keeps playing confidently.
Another guy that was horribly mishandled by Wilson
I figured he was all but done in Toronto until Burke was fired.
Glad to see him doing well - still a little too early to 'crown' him of anything
I think its simply a case of him being given a chance to play. As you say, mishandled in the past by being in and out of the line up. I still think there is a lot of room for improvement in terms of defensively play and being more physical, but certainly has looked good offensively.
How is he establishing himself as anything more then a bottom pairing D man??? He is averaging 15 minutes a night. Just because he is putting up points, doesn't mean he is anything more than a bottom pairing pp specialist. Time on Ice indicates whether a player is a top 4 D man or not and Franson is NOT a top 4 D man and has never been one at the NHL level.
Compare that to Luke Schenn, Schenn has 78 points in 323 career games. They are both right handed d-man. Their skating is average and they both seem to make blunders on a occasional basis or get caught. But Franson I think has a higher ceiling than Schenn, and as this season goes on, he will remain in the top 4.
I have said from day one he is a good player. Too many knuckleheads on here with 'sheltered minutes' and 'Weber made up for his shortcomings'. C'mon people, the guy can play, big body with a really long reach. He should have been a top four on this team last year but blow hard Burke and Wilson sat him on the bench for Komo and a host of other players. We're better with him in the lineup and a style and body type we desperately need to keep.