Cody Franson
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Position Defenceman
Shoots Right
Height
Weight
6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
213 lb (97 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Toronto Maple Leafs
Nashville Predators
Born (1987-08-08)August 8, 1987,
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 career[edit | edit source]

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 play[edit | edit source]

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.

Awards[edit | edit source]

Career statistics[edit | edit source]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 Vancouver Giants WHL 3 0 0 0 2
2003–04 Trail Smoke Eaters BCHL 2 0 1 1 0
2003–04 Vancouver Giants WHL 2 0 0 0 0
2004–05 Vancouver Giants WHL 64 2 11 13 44 4 0 1 1 0
2005–06 Vancouver Giants WHL 71 15 40 55 61 18 5 15 20 12
2006–07 Vancouver Giants WHL 59 17 34 51 88 19 3 4 7 10
2007–08 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 76 11 25 36 40 6 0 2 2 2
2008–09 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 76 11 41 52 47 11 3 5 8 8
2009–10 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 6 2 5 7 4
2009–10 Nashville Predators NHL 61 6 15 21 16 4 0 1 1 2
2010–11 Nashville Predators NHL 80 8 21 29 30 12 1 5 6 0
NHL totals 141 14 36 50 46 16 1 6 7 2

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