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Cody Franson | Defenseman | #11

Team: Chicago Blackhawks
Age / DOB:  (30) / 8/8/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 224
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 3 (79) / NAS
Contract: view contract details

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Cody Franson appears to be have been promoted to the top pairing for tonight's contest against the Minnesota Wild.
Franson will join Duncan Keith on the top pairing and will likely log some big minutes in both five-on-five and the power play situations. Franson has three points in four games this season and definitely warrants some fantasy consideration with his increased responsibility. If you are in need of help along your blue line, it's better to be a little early picking up Franson than late. Nov 4 - 12:37 PM

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The Chicago Blackhawks lead the NHL in power play opportunities with 59, but they sit fourth from the bottom on the power play.

The Blackhawks have converted just eight of 59 power play opportunities this season, only the Ducks, Blue Jackets, and Canadiens have been worse on the man advantage. Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville decided it was time to give Cody Franson a shot to get his power play going. "He’s got such a strong shot, but he’s (done) so well moving across, being in the right areas to alleviate the pressure as well," said captain Jonathan Toews of defenseman Cody Franson. "He’s been a good puck mover. You can tell he’s confident on the power play. That shot makes him dangerous and makes everyone better out there." Franson has only appeared in four games this season, but he has picked up three points, with two of them coming on the power play. His spot on the top power play unit could be what brings him back to fantasy relevance. Keep an eye on Franson.
Nov 4 - 10:16 AM

Cody Franson may play on the top pairing Wednesday night.

Franson skated alongside Duncan Keith during Tuesday's practice. He has appeared in just three games for the Blackhawks this season and he has posted two assists.
Nov 1 - 11:01 AM

Cody Franson will be a healthy scratch in Friday's game against Chicago.

Franson will be scratched for the fifth consecutive game. He has two points and a minus-2 rating in two games this season. Tanner Kero and Jordan Oesterle will also watch the game from the press box.
Oct 27 - 8:24 PM

The Chicago Blackhawks have scratched Cody Franson from their starting lineup against the Arizona Coyotes tonight.

Franson has two assists in two games for Chicago, but will be scratched from tonight's lineup. This will be the fourth time in five games for the 30-year old. He'll sit in the press box along with Michal Kempny and Tanner Kero.
Oct 21 - 9:10 PM

Cody Franson will be a healthy scratch in Thursday's game against the Edmonton Oilers.

He has two assists in two games this season. Franson has now been scratched in three of Chicago's last four games. Michal Kempny and Tommy Wingels will also watch the game from the press box.
Oct 19 - 8:42 PM

Cody Franson is expected to be a healthy scratch in Wednesday night's contest versus the St. Louis Blues.

Franson has played in just two of his team's six games so far this season, but has tallied an assist in both games. He was a healthy scratch for the first three games of the season before getting a look from Coach Quenneville against the Habs and the Predators. In 68 games last season with Buffalo, he recorded three goals and 19 points. Jordan Oesterle and Tanner Kero are also expected to join him in the press box.
Oct 18 - 6:59 PM

Cody Franson will be a healthy scratch in Thursday's game against the Minnesota Wild.

Franson got into the lineup in Tuesday's game at Montreal. He picked up an assist in that contest, but he also took two minor penalties. Jordan Oesterle will also serve as a healthy scratch.
Oct 12 - 8:18 PM

Cody Franson will be in the lineup for Tuesday's game against Montreal.

It will be Franson's Blackhawks debut after he was a healthy scratch in the first three games of the year. It's unclear who will come out for him, but Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times speculated that it could be Jan Rutta. That would be a surprising choice because Rutta has two goals and two assists in three matches this season.
Oct 10 - 5:57 PM

Cody Franson won't be in the lineup against Columbus Saturday night.

Franson signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Hawks Wednesday following a professional tryout. The defenseman had 19 points in 68 games last season.
Oct 7 - 8:04 PM

Cody Franson will probably be a healthy scratch on Saturday.

Franson was also held out of Thursday's game. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville would like to use Franson soon, but given that Chicago's coming off a 10-1 win, it's not surprising that he won't be altering the lineup if he can help it. Franson had three goals and 19 points in 68 contests last season.
Oct 7 - 4:20 AM

The Chicago Blackhawks have signed Cody Franson to a one-year, $1 million contract.

Franson attended training camp on a PTO, and he did enough to impress the Blackhawks staff during the preseason. The 30-year-old had three goals and 19 points in 68 games with the Buffalo Sabres last season. He has no value in standard fantasy leagues.
Oct 4 - 12:29 PM

Cody Franson scored a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Franson is attending Blackhawks training camp on a professional tryout, so he'll have to really impress the coaching staff if he wants to earn a contract. The fact that he opened the scoring with a first-period power play goal won't hurt his chances of making the squad. He also added an assist on Nick Schmaltz's goal in the second frame. Franson finished the game with a plus-2 rating and four shots on goal in 20:51 of ice time. Even if he does crack Chicago's roster, he won't have any fantasy value.
Sep 19 - 9:50 PM

Cody Franson has reportedly inked a professional tryout offer with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Franson had three goals and 19 points in 68 contests in 2016-17. He reportedly declined other team's contract offers to sign a PTO with Chicago. The Blackhawks will gain cap space once Marian Hossa is moved to the long-term injured reserve list, so it's possible that Franson and Chicago have an understanding that he'll be signed once that happens.
Sep 7 - 7:03 PM

Cody Franson may receive a camp invite from the Chicago Blackhawks, presumably on a tryout contract, if he doesn't get a deal elsewhere.

Jay Zawaski of 670 The Score in Chicago brought up the possibility on July 15. The Blackhawks could use another defender with NHL experience on the roster. Franson is still looking for a new deal as an unrestricted free agent. He played in 68 games with Buffalo last year and contributed 19 points.
Jul 26 - 4:21 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Jonathan Toews
2Nick Schmaltz
3Artem Anisimov
4Tanner Kero
5Tommy Wingels
LW1Brandon Saad
2Patrick Sharp
3John Hayden
4Lance Bouma
RW1Patrick Kane
2Richard Panik
3Alex DeBrincat
4Ryan Hartman
5Jordin Tootoo
6Marian Hossa
D1Duncan Keith
2Brent Seabrook
3Jan Rutta
4Gustav Forsling
5Connor Murphy
6Michal Kempny
7Cody Franson
8Jordan Oesterle
G1Corey Crawford
2Anton Forsberg