2010-11 Nashville Predators Report Card: Cody Franson

ANAHEIM - APRIL 22: Cody Franson #4 of the Nashville Predators skates with the puck against the Anaheim Ducks in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on April 22, 2011 in Anaheim, California. The Predators won 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

With the season now over, it's time to take a look back and examine each player's individual performance. We'll briefly break it down, and then offer a letter grade for the year. It's report cards, Nashville Predators-style, from Blum to Wilson. Next up: Cody Franson.

Cody Franson

#4 / Defenseman / Nashville Predators

6-5

213

Aug 08, 1987

GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT

2010 - Cody Franson

2010-11 playoffs

80

12

8

1

21

5

29

6

10

0

30

0

2

0

0

0

2

0

156

22

The Skinny: Cody Franson burst onto the scene last season, assuming a minor role at even strength but a very important one on the power play. Expected to progress this year, Franson did so, finishing 49th in the NHL in scoring by a defenseman, which for a player who is highly protected at even strength, is impressive, particularly when paired with Shane O`Brien for most of the year. A 5th defenseman any team would covet, Cody Franson is only going to improve.

The Performance: Franson put up 29 points while skating just 15:10 per game on the third pairing with O'Brien, so in a sense, he had an excellent year, and one that continued in the playoffs. That said, Nashville's power play was consistently awful, so Franson must take a small measure of responsibility for that, and there's a reason Barry Trotz feels the need to protect him during 5-on-5 play - Franson's not yet someone you feel comfortable trusting defensively in crucial situations. 

The Grade: In all, you'd have to consider Cody Franson's 2010-11 season a success. The offensive contributions alone would make the grade, but Franson upped his game during the postseason, and provided one of the year's most memorable moments with a Bobby Orr-esque tally against Dan Ellis and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Franson earns a solid B here, with an eye towards a promising future. 

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