Cody Franson
Cody Franson
Position Defenceman
Shoots Right
6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
213 lb (97 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Toronto Maple Leafs
Nashville Predators
Born August 8 1987 (1987-08-08) (age 32),
Sicamous, BC, CAN
NHL Draft 79th overall, 2005
Nashville Predators
Pro Career 2007 – present

Cody Franson (born August 8, 1987) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted in the 3rd round, 79th overall by the Nashville Predators in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing careerEdit

Franson began his major junior career with the Vancouver Giants in the Western Hockey League (WHL) in 2002–03. After a 13-point campaign in 2004–05, he was drafted in the 3rd round, 79th overall, by the Nashville Predators in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Franson then improved to 55- and 51-point campaigns with the Giants in the next two season after being drafted. In 2006, he helped lead the Giants to a President's Cup as WHL champions, earning a berth in the 2006 Memorial Cup. He recorded the only hat-trick of the tournament and led all defencemen in scoring with 5 points in 5 games. In the subsequent off-season, Franson signed an entry-level contract with the Predators in July 2006.[1] The next year, he was named to the WHL West First All-Star Team and was nominated for the Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy as the league's top defenceman (awarded to Kris Russell of the Medicine Hat Tigers). After falling to the Medicine Hat Tigers in the 2007 WHL Final, Franson and the Giants captured the 2007 Memorial Cup as tournament hosts, defeating the Tigers in the final.

In 2007–08, Franson turned pro and was assigned to the Milwaukee Admirals, the Predators' AHL affiliate. He tallied 36 points in his professional rookie season.

On October 17, 2009, Franson played in his first NHL game against the Washington Capitals, notching a single shot on goal.[2] Later that week, on October 22nd, Franson scored his first NHL goal against Pascal Leclaire of the Ottawa Senators.

On July 3, 2011, Franson and Matthew Lombardi were traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Brett Lebda and Robert Slaney.[3]

International playEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Canada Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold 2007 Sweden

Franson was a part of Canada's 2007 World Junior Championship gold medal team in Sweden.


Career statistics Edit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03Vancouver GiantsWHL30002
2003–04Trail Smoke EatersBCHL20110
2003–04Vancouver GiantsWHL20000
2004–05Vancouver GiantsWHL64211134440110
2005–06Vancouver GiantsWHL7115405561185152012
2006–07Vancouver GiantsWHL59173451881934710
2007–08Milwaukee AdmiralsAHL761125364060222
2008–09Milwaukee AdmiralsAHL7611415247113588
2009–10Milwaukee AdmiralsAHL62574
2009–10Nashville PredatorsNHL61615211640112
2010–11Nashville PredatorsNHL808212930121560
NHL totals 141 14 36 50 46 16 1 6 7 2


External linksEdit

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