The 20 year old winger and centre attended the Canucks summer conditioning camp in July. He will participate in the 2013 Young Stars Classic from September 5 to 9. An invitation to main camp could be on the docket if he impresses.
“I’m very excited for the opportunity,” Franson said. “It was a long off-season and I did lots of training, so it was exciting to get the call. I got a call earlier in the week and I gladly accepted it. The news definitely made my week.
Last season, Franson put up a 29 goals and 54 points in 60 games with the Giants as a 19 year old. He is expected return to the Giants as one of the team’s three overagers regardless of his performance at camp. Franson stands at 6’1″, but weighs in a measly 167 pounds, which is not suitable for the pro game.
Unless he’s mesmerizing at training camp, though, you can see an NHL club wanting him to have a season as a first-line forward under Giants coach Don Hay, especially being a slighter guy at 6-foot-1 and 167 pounds.