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Instant Analysis: Cody Franson Signing

Wednesday, 09.8.2010 / 11:32 AM CT / Features
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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Instant Analysis: Cody Franson Signing
By signing Cody Franson, the Preds enter camp with their defensive corps pretty well intact. Francis Bouillon, Kevin Klein, Ryan Parent, Ryan Suter, and Shea Weber are each full-time NHLers; Franson made his NHL debut seven games into the ’09-10 campaign and quickly became a regular for the Preds. Those six give the Preds a good balance along the blueline. Weber and Franson are dangerous offensive defensemen; Suter is an elite two-way defenseman; Bouillon, Klein and Parent are respected match-up defenders. That group also provides the Preds with good long-term stability – the Preds have the leverage to bring all six back again next season (four are signed to contracts through the end of the ’11-12 season, the other two are restricted free agents at the end of this season).

Entering camp, the biggest questions on the blueline appear to revolve around the seventh defenseman – free agent signee Aaron Johnson has 225 games of NHL experience, Alex Sulzer has 22 games of NHL experience and played in both the Olympics and World Championships for Germany in 2010, Teemu Laakso made the Preds out of training camp last year, and prospects Jonathon Blum, Ryan Ellis, and Roman Josi are each highly heralded and expected to press for NHL jobs. The depth and skill of the group should make for strong competition throughout camp. Any of those guys are capable of not only earning an opening night roster spot, but playing regularly in the NHL this season.

The other item worth watching in camp will be the defensive pairings. Weber and Suter have been regulars together for the past few seasons and have developed into one of the top d-man groupings in the league. It would seem likely Weber and Suter will remain together this season (at least for long stretches), but it will be interesting to see how the other two pairings shape up.


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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 56 36 16 4 158 128 76
2 DAL 53 33 15 5 170 142 71
3 STL 55 30 17 8 132 129 68
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 51 27 20 4 147 138 58
6 NSH 53 25 20 8 136 139 58
7 COL 55 27 24 4 148 152 58
8 ANA 50 25 18 7 111 115 57
9 MIN 52 23 20 9 127 126 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 52 20 20 12 120 142 52
12 CGY 51 23 25 3 134 148 49
13 WPG 52 23 26 3 136 150 49
14 EDM 54 21 28 5 132 164 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 53 10 27 -2 37
S. Weber 53 14 21 -4 35
F. Forsberg 53 15 18 -6 33
M. Ribeiro 53 6 27 3 33
J. Neal 53 19 13 18 32
M. Ekholm 53 6 16 3 22
R. Ellis 52 6 15 2 21
C. Smith 53 11 6 -1 17
C. Jarnkrok 52 9 7 0 16
C. Wilson 36 4 12 0 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 20 17 7 .904 2.50
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36