Cody Franson
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 6' 5"
BIRTHDATE: 08/08/1987
AGE: 29
DRAFTED: NSH: 2005-79 overall
WHL West Second All-Star Team (2006) WHL West First All-Star Team (2007) Memorial Cup All-Star Team (2007) AHL All-Rookie Team (2008) AHL Second All-Star Team (2009) Traded to Toronto by Nashville with Matthew Lombardi for Robert Slaney, Brett Lebda and Toronto's 4th round choice (later traded to St. Louis St. Louis selected Zachary Pochiro) in 2013 Entry Draft, July 3, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Gavle (Sweden), October 1, 2012. Traded to Nashville by Toronto with Mike Santorelli for Olli Jokinen, Brendan Leipsic and Nashville's 1st round choice (later traded to Philadelphia Philadelphia selected Travis Konecny) in 2015 Entry Draft, February 15, 2015.

2009-10: The second rookie defenseman in franchise history to reach the 20-point mark, joining Dan Hamhuis (6g-15a-21pts)… Ranked third among rookie blueliners in goals and tied for fourth in points… Led all first-year d-men in game-winning goals (3)… Paced all NHL rookies, and ranked second on the team in plus/minus rating (+15)… Ranked sixth among NHL defensemen in road plus/minus rating (+13)… Ranked second among rookie defensemen in road points (4g-11a-15pts)… Recorded his first career NHL point/assist on Oct. 21 at Boston and scored his first NHL goal the following night in a 6-5 overtime victory at Ottawa… Missed seven games due to injury... Started the season with Milwaukee (AHL), and posted seven points (2g-5a) in six games during three stints with the Admirals. PLAYOFFS: Played in four of the club’s six games… Made his playoff debut and notched his first career playoff point/assist in Game One of the club’s WCQ series vs. Chicago.

2008-09: Named a Second-Team AHL All-Star… Ranked third among AHL defensemen in points (52)… Ranked sixth among League blueliners in assists (41) and tied for seventh in goals (11) … Also finished third on Milwaukee in both points and assists… Led the Admirals and ranked sixth among League defensemen power-play assists (22)… Also tied for fourth among AHL d-men in game-winning goals (3)… Ranked third on the Admirals in shots (147) and fourth on the club in power-play goals (6)… Played for Team Canada and registered an assist in the 2009 AHL All-Star Classic on Jan. 26, 2009… Tied for second on the Admirals in 2009 Calder Cup Playoff scoring (3g-5a)… Ranked second on the club in postseason plus/minus rating (+9).

2007-08: Named to the AHL All-Rookie Team… Led all AHL rookie defensemen in goals (11) and power-play goals (8), and ranked second in both points (36) and assists (25)… Tied for first among Milwaukee defensemen in assists and ranked second in goals and points… Played in all six of the Admirals 2008 playoff games, tying for first on the club in assists (2).

AMATEUR: Tied for sixth among Western Hockey League defensemen in scoring (17g-32a-51pts)… Won the 2007 Memorial Cup with Vancouver and was named to the tournament’s all-star team… Captured a gold medal with Canada at the 2007 World Junior Championships… Helped Vancouver capture the WHL Championship in 2005-06… Tied for third among WHL defensemen in points (15g-40a-55pts) and finished fourth overall in power-play assists (31) in 2005-06… Led all defensemen and tied for third overall with 20 points (5g-15a) in 18 games in the 2006 WHL playoffs… Notched the lone hat trick at the 2006 Memorial Cup and led all blueliners in scoring with five points (3g-2a) in five games… Named the Vancouver Giants’ Most Improved Player in 2004-05.

BACKGROUND: Grew up in Sicamous, B.C., along with Nashville defenseman Shea Weber.

TRANSACTIONS: July 30, 2005 – Nashville's third choice, 79th overall (third round), in 2005 Entry Draft.