Franson in the swing

- January 31st, 2013

Cody Franson stopped swinging for the fences a few years ago and it’s helped raise his goal tally in hockey.
The big Maple Leaf defenceman enjoyed the big wind-up from the point – before he got to the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League and found he was telegraphing his shot too much, allowing opponents to block or check him.
“I worked a lot with the defensive coach with Vancouver, Craig Bonner,” said Franson of the current general manager of the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers. “He gave me a lot of pucks at practice that I had to get away quickly.”
The result is that Franson has one of the hardest, accurate, fast releases in the NHL, with minimal backswing. It often takes goalies by surprise, such as Ryan Miller of the Sabres earlier this week. Franson, who says his strong golf game in the off-season also helps his shot, now has three points in as many games, prior to Thursday’s game against Washington.
Coach Randy Carlyle says Franson has earned a longer look, which is good news as he’s been a healthy scratch too often for his liking since joining the Leafs last year.

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