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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 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
S. Weber 7 2 3 -2 5
C. Wilson 7 2 3 2 5
J. Neal 7 2 1 0 3
R. Johansen 7 1 2 1 3
F. Forsberg 7 1 2 -2 3
R. Josi 7 0 3 -1 3
M. Ekholm 7 2 0 1 2
C. Smith 5 1 1 3 2
R. Ellis 7 0 2 1 2
M. Salomaki 7 1 0 1 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 4 3 0 .915 2.45