Vancouver Canucks: Top 15 unrestricted free-agent targets

MONTREAL, QC - MARCH 14: Dwight King
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BUFFALO – JANUARY 22: Cody Franson /

No. 7: Cody Franson

Good ol’ Cody Franson, the Sicamous, B. C. native. The defenseman has always been linked to the Vancouver Canucks, but could this be the year that Franson comes back home?

Age: 29
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 224 lbs
2016-17 Stats: 68GP – 3G – 19PTS
2016-17 Salary: $3.325 million

Not too many defensemen in the NHL have the mix of offensive potential and size like Franson does. His shot would probably be the best one on the Canucks blueline, should he sign here. He would be the largest and heaviest defenseman in Vancouver, too.

And when considering he has had a rather lacking year this past season with just two power play points, Franson may be available for a cheap price on a three-year contract.

If Franson is willing to stomach a hometown discount, the Canucks would be happy to have him to play with Ben Hutton or Troy Stecher as a dynamic offensive duo with the size to be effective.