He's been playing waaaaaay better (and different to an extent) in the playoffs than he has in the regular season. It was pretty apt to consider him a 3rd pairing defenceman before the post-season, but with the way he's been playing he could be a top-4 easily.
He was tied for 6th in scoring by d-men this season
I'd like to add to my previous posts, he has one of the best point shots in the league IMO. Hard and accurate, he hits the net pretty much all the time, only reason he usually misses is because he purposely does it, either looking for a tip from a teammate or looking for a crazy bounce off the boards
He's always had a knack for getting it through when it looked impossible.
His issues in Nashville were basically hitting and his speed
He hits now and uses his size well. His positioning has also improved that his speed isn't as much of an issue.
He's always been a stud offensively. He has a wrister with eyes, good passing and can QB a PP.
Just look at Nashville. He'd be a top 4 there easily. They gave up on the wrong dman unfortunately.
Top 4 easily?
I like Franson but I don't know if he's any better than Bartley right now. He's better offensively but it takes more than that to play in the top 4. He's not better than Weber, Josi or Klein so I know he wouldn't replace any of those guys.
Didn't Leaf nation want to move him for futures earlier this year? C'mon now.
A late 1st or an early 2nd would have had me and probably most leaf fans driving Franson to the airport without a second though before the season started, glad we were proven wrong this guy has definitely surpassed expectations.
He had a bad giveaway but that's probably the biggest blunder I have seen him make in a while.
And he redeems himself with 2 goals so far.
The reason why I think he is one of the more underrated players in the league is because he was constantly getting so much flack from everyone and few people even thought he was hardly an NHL calibre d-man.
I didn't like the trade then and still don't like it. I would have preferred Blum traded.
Really? You seemed to think it was necessary before...
Originally Posted by triggrman
it was a bad trade from an nhl 12 standpoint, but a necessary one in real life.
i don't understand how you can overlook:
1) we were on the hook for 2 more years with 7 million dollars owed on a contract that was unisured.
2) the minute we acquired fisher, lombardi was redundant, esp with the center depth we have. while it may not be sexy, we can roll solid centers n every line.
3)cody franson is a third pair dman. we have replaced him with a third pair dman in hillen. and even with franson being 6-4 or whatever and hillen being 5-7 or whatever, the physical presence is about the same. do we lose out on the pp? our power play sucked with him. at worst it sucks without him.
4)this was a cya trade. poile didn't want to be on the hook for the money if lombardi got hurt again. while matt may be a good player, he is a hit away from being marc savard, and we can't afford that.
5) cody is an rfa after this year as well i think. i would guess he would command 2 million or so. why would we want to pay him that when we have 1 million dollar options in house? plus we have more important rfas to worry about, and not weber-sk, wilon, blum, etc.