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Cody Franson - one of the most underrated player in the league

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04-15-2013, 09:21 AM
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I'd say he's already that good.

Love Franson. He rarely makes mistakes, is putting up a lot of points, using his size well, and has been probably our second best defenseman this season.

Him and Fraser have formed a really solid pairing, one that can be relied on in any situation. We've had all sorts of trouble finding decent partners for Phaneuf, and the "second pairing" is a revolving door it seems, all season long. Just because Franson is labelled as being on the third pairing, doesn't mean he is only a 5 or 6 guy.
Glad someone else notices it. He is not just a bottom-pairing d-man anymore, he averages over 18 minutes of ice time and I have no doubt he would be capable of playing more than that and play well in the situations. You can essentially say that our bottom-pairing has been the most successful and peg it as a second pairing due to mistake-free game that they display for far too many games.

Carlyle also seems to trust Franson and Fraser the most after Phaneuf.

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04-15-2013, 09:47 AM
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Seriously fellow Leafs fans, stop with these threads on the public boards. Yeah, we have tons of players playing well, but we don't need to praise them all. Do it on our board.
You should have seen the threads on the main board when he signed for 1 mil. I remember one of the Preds fan calling him MAB 2.0

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04-15-2013, 09:54 AM
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If only he was as good as Dougie "Norris" Hamilton

Nah but seriously he's been good this year but I'm sure almost every team in the league has a guy that's doing equally aswell that also isn't talked about.
The Flyers don't. And as a Flyers fan, I can say this. I was hoping we would get him last year for the same reasons. Help on the PP and a solid, young #5-6. I wonder how much $ he will be looking for this year? Won't be so cheap anymore.

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04-15-2013, 09:55 AM
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The thread's fine.

Quit complaining and moaning about which board it belongs on, or which board it doesn't belong on. Okay?

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04-15-2013, 09:57 AM
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Strange how Toronto has all these underrated/best at their role in the entire NHL guys.

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04-15-2013, 10:22 AM
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He's a poor defender, but still a fixture in the Leafs d core. #4/5 guy with tremendous offensive ability.

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04-15-2013, 10:23 AM
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Strange how Toronto has all these underrated/best at their role in the entire NHL guys.
Yeah his name will be added to that huge list of Jay McClement and .....

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04-15-2013, 10:28 AM
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He's become very good because he's improved the more important aspects of his game. He seems to have finally learned how to properly use his reach to defend and he's now a much more physical player, case in point that big hit that re-injured Prust in their last game. When he was in Nashville he wouldn't hit anybody and last year was the same. I guess the newly found physicality can be attributed to Carlyle. He still needs some work defensively but based on his high end offensive ability i'd say he's a 2nd pairing player at this point.

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04-15-2013, 10:29 AM
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Leo Komarov: Not just an excellent 4th line pest, but the most excellent 4th line pest in the league.

Cody Franson: Not just an underrated depth defenseman, but one of the most underrated depth defenseman in the league.

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Maybe he's changed, cause he was crazy soft in Nashville.

Nice to see him doing well, never had anything against him.

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Yeah his name will be added to that huge list of Jay McClement and .....
Kadri, Reimer, Phaneuf, JVR, Lupul, Scrivens, Bozak, Komarov. etc

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04-15-2013, 10:49 AM
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Kadri, Reimer, Phaneuf, JVR, Lupul, Scrivens, Bozak, Komarov. etc
Other than the ridiculous Komarov thread, when have any of these guys been named "the best at what they do".

Give it up..

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04-15-2013, 11:37 AM
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Franson's played well in sheltered minutes so far.

but randy has been leaning on him more and more recently, playing 20+ min against tougher competition, and he's kept playing well.

definitely a marked improvement this year, especially physically.

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He looks better than he is next to Kostka and Holzer, but he's definitely a solid guy to have in a #4-6 role and on the PP. Reliable enough that it's not a disaster if the other team gets their top line out against him, he simply doesn't excel defensively to play in a #1-3 role. His shot and offensive instincts are quite good, but his skating and puck handling are below average, so he isn't good at things like carrying the puck into the offensive zone to set up a PP, which is what limits him from being elite offensively. I think he should get a 3-4 year contract at an average salary.

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04-15-2013, 01:21 PM
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Obviously.

The guy has single-handedly turned the Leafs into contenders.

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04-15-2013, 01:27 PM
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He was good for Nashville, real good for Kelowna, couldn't play for Ron Wilson's awful Leafs teams though? Now Wilson is gone and suddenly Franson is good, who knew, all it took was actually, you know, putting him in the freaking lineup.
I think you mean Vancouver.


Back when I used to watch Giants hockey I really liked his game. Always thought he had lots of potential and was sad when he didn't thrive in Nashville.

Nice to hear he's playing well.

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04-15-2013, 01:30 PM
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If anything id say Fraser is the underrated one on the team

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04-15-2013, 01:54 PM
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Kadri, Reimer, Phaneuf, JVR, Lupul, Scrivens, Bozak, Komarov. etc
Franson - Most Underrated
Komarov - Best pest
Kadri - Best player under 25
Reimer - Best religious goalie
Phaneuf - Norris candidate
JVR - Best "change of scenary" season
Lupul - Best injury prone player
Scrivens - Best back up
Bozak - Best college UFA signing

Check the standings...yep makes sense.

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04-15-2013, 01:58 PM
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Also, it is nearly impossible for a Toronto Maple Leafs player to be underrated.

It's in the nature of the media and of the fans to do everything but underrate their players.

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This seasons' Gardiner?

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3rd pairing PP specialist. Nothing to see here.
Dave nonis in disguise, driving the contract demands down.

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GUYS, STOP TALKING ABOUT THE THREAD'S THREADWORTHINESS.

I'm not going to ask again.

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Quite funny how one of the worst players in SEL can do so well in the NHL the same season. Guess he just couldn't handle the big ice.

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he's been good this year. makes nice simple plays and chips in offense too. has been using his body more as well.

i could see him as a legit top 4 guy within the next few years

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