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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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