With their second consecutive pick in the third round, the Predators decided to bulk up their defense once more selecting Cody Franson from the Vancouver Giants of the WHL. Franson was named the Most Improved Player by the Vancouver Giants organization for the 2004-05 season.
Franson was coming off his first full season of junior hockey. He had only played a total of five WHL games the past two seasons and three games in the BCHL for the Trail Smoke Eaters. Franson played 64 games for Vancouver in 2004-05 recording 13 points (2 goals, 11 assists). Franson is a disciplined player taking only 44 penalty minutes in those games.
2006-07: This would be the D-man’s final season with the Vancouver Giants (WHL) and it was one of his most successful to date. In 59 games he racked up 51 points (17g+34a) and finished with a +7 rating. He played well in the postseason, recording three goals and four assists in 19 games. He was honored with WHL West First All-Star Team and Memorial Cup Tournament All-Star Team honors.
2007-08: Franson’s first season of AHL action proved to be a learning experience but impressive at the same time. In 76 games with the Milwaukee Admirals (AHL) he scored 11 goals and 25 assists. He notched several multi-point games this season and helped with a five-game point streak in the beginning of February.
2008-09: Franson played in 76 games with Milwaukee, scoring 11 goals and 41 assists for 52 points in his second pro season. His point total led the team’s defensemen and was good for third overall on the Admirals. Franson was named to the AHL All-Star game for his strong season. The blueliner added 3 goals, 5 assists for 8 points in 11 playoff games.
2009-10: Franson played in 6 AHL games with Milwaukee, where he scored 2 goals and 5 assists for 7 points. He spent most of the season in the NHL, appearing in 61 games with Nashville. Franson scored 6 goals and 15 assists for 21 points in his first taste of NHL action. He also scored 1 assists in 4 playoff appearances.
At 6'4, 205 pounds, Franson has the height and weight to compete. He is a good skater and has offensive ability.
His weaknesses are defensive awareness and reading the play quickly enough to react.
Franson was dealt along with Mike Santorelli by the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Nashville Predators in exchange for Olli Jokinen, Brendan Leipsic, and Nashville's 2015 first round pick.