Cody Franson of Salmon Arm, British Columbia is a young defenceman currently playing with the Nashville Predators. He was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. At 6'5, 215 pounds, Franson has the height and weight to compete. He is a good skater and has solid offensive ability. With 16 points in 43 games, he is having a great debut season.
Franson began his major junior career with the Vancouver Giants in the 2002–03 season. After a 13-point campaign in 2004–05, Franson then improved to 55- and 51-point campaigns with the Giants in the next two season after being drafted. In 2006, he helped lead the Giants to a President's Cup as WHL champions, earning a berth in the 2006 Memorial Cup. He recorded the only hat-trick of the tournament and led all defencemen in scoring with 5 points in 5 games. The next year, he was named to the WHL West First All-Star Team and was nominated for the Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy as the league's top defenceman.
2007–08 was Franson’s first season of AHL action and proved to be a learning experience but an impressive one at the same time with the Milwaukee Admirals. He tallied 36 points in his professional rookie season. In 2008-09, Franson impressed everyone with 52 points in 76 games and has now joined the Predators impressive blue-line defensive corps.
Won a Ed Chynoweth Cup with the Vancouver Giants in 2006.
Won a World Junior gold medal with Team Canada in 2007.
Nominated for the Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy (Top WHL Defenceman) in 2007.
Named to the WHL West First All-Star Team in 2007.
Won a Memorial Cup with the Vancouver Giants in 2007.
Here's a short checklist of some of his available cards so far in the 2009-10 season:
09/10 NHL UD Black Auto'd Rookie Letterman Exchange Card #93
09/10 NHL UD Series 2 Young Guns #475
09/10 NHL UD Series 2 Young Guns #475 UD Exclusives
09/10 NHL UD Series 2 Young Guns #475 High Glossy
09/10 NHL UD Collectors Choice #269
09/10 NHL UD Collectors Choice Reserve #269
09/10 NHL UD Black Diamond #166
09/10 NHL UD Black Diamond Ruby #166
09/10 NHL UD SPx #146
Cody Franson has rookie cards in most 2009-10 Upper Deck products available at Canada Card World. Franson also has cards available in various In The Game products previous to 2009-10.