Cody Franson (TOR) has signed for my favourite team in sweden = Brynas IF.
Can anyone give me a scouting report on him, I do not know much about him.
Brynas looking to have him on the point on the first PP unit, is he good enough for that?http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/h ... um=twitter
For Franson. Big right-handed shooter (he's like 196 cm tall, big boy). He has a huge shot from the point. He's only an average passer really it seems. Solid breakout pass. Defensively, he's here and there. Sometimes it looks really good, sometimes it's a work in progress. He really seems to kind of hit a wall. When I first saw him, I thought he was going to be a second pairing defenseman in the NHL...and then he just never really progressed. He didn't get a whole lot better in the past couple seasons. His skating ability will be challenged in the bigger rinks of the Elitserien...he's not the fastest player, to be sure. He has a really long reach to help make up for it though. Given how young and inexperienced some of your D are, he'll be a solid addition I think...I just glanced through the lineup and I see some youngster (some still junior-aged players) and I see an import in Gunderson and I see an Eliterserien vet in Lars Jonsson (once a high pick by Boston a handful of years ago if memory serves). So, Franson has a good amount of pro experience which Brynas could use because they have some real talent up front with Harju and Jarnkrok...even the young Emil Molin, though relegated to fourth line duty, could maybe step in in case of injury (any thoughts on him, Lesky?).
The thing to note with Franson is that he's a restricted free agent here in the NHL, so regardless of any lockout situation, if he doesn't sign by December 1, he's not eligible to play in the NHL this season. Assuming the lockout lasts beyond that date, it makes sense for him to play some place for the whole year. And it's a quality league, where he'll get quality ice time. So it's a good match.