Cody Franson D TOR 7 Days

Franson recorded a power-play assist and 10 PIM in Monday's win over the Hurricanes.

With offense as scarce as it is these days for the Maple Leafs, picking up penalty minutes is about the only way Toronto skaters can maintain their fantasy value these days. Franson certainly hasn't been immune to the Leafs' evaporating offense, as Monday's assist marked his first point in four games. Even so, he's still been one of the team's more effective performers in January, notching a goal and four assists over nine games.

Cody Franson D TOR 17 Days

Franson collected a pair of assists in Friday's win over the Blue Jackets.

Franson is having himself quite the season. The 27-year-old blueliner now has six points (one goal) in his last seven games, giving him 27 points (six goals) in 40 games on the season. He has appeared on the scoresheet in eight of his last 13 outings and has had six multi-point games this season -- seventh most among NHL defensemen. Playing on Toronto's' top defensive pairing and first power-play unit with Dion Phaneuf, Franson is a must-start every game.

Cody Franson D TOR 19 Days

Franson's assist Wednesday night gives him 25 points in 39 games. He is just eight points from tying his career mark from last season (33 points in 79 games).

He's made massive shifts in his two-way game, not only in terms of points, but also in plus-minus -- he's sitting at plus-3 after finishing last year at minus-20. You probably got him cheap on draft day. Wring every penny out of him.

Cody Franson D TOR 29 Days

Franson picked up a power-play assist in Sunday's loss to Florida. He now has 22 points on the season and remains on pace to deliver a 50-point season.

Can you say money in the bank? Franson will be a free agent at season's end yet again and he'll command a hefty salary for his current body of work. And as a defender, he's just entering his prime (age 27). Use him well. There should be a couple more seasons like this in him.

Cody Franson D TOR 1 Month

Franson picked up his 20th point of the season Thursday when he tallied an assist in a 4-1 loss to the Hurricanes.

He's scoring and playing very physical hockey -- he has 90 hits in 30 games this season. Just beware that shooting percentage -- it's sitting at 10.4 percent, but his career mark is 6.1. There will be some regression, but he'll still deliver solid numbers for fantasy owners going forward.

Cody Franson D TOR 1 Month

Franson picked up his first points in six games in Sunday's shootout win over Los Angeles. He scored a goal and added an assist. The helper came on the power play.

He also delivered seven hits and five blocked shots. His 19 points lead all Leafs' blueliners.

Cody Franson D TOR 2 Months

Franson stretched his point streak to eight games and 10 points after he delivered an assist in Tuesday's 9-2 loss to Nashville. Remarkably, he was one of just two Toronto players to finish with an even rating on the game.

It wasn't like he only played a few shifts -- he was out there for almost 18 minutes. His streak (two goals, eight assists) is just about as good as it gets this season. Use him well.

Cody Franson D TOR 2 Months

Franson's point streak stands at seven games and nine points, including seven assists, after he picked up an assist in Saturday's loss to Buffalo.

Wow -- that makes 12 points in 16 games. Test the trade waters immediately. He can't keep up this pace and he's not a 50-point defender. But a Leaf fan in your league might think he's the second-coming of Borje Salming.

Cody Franson D TOR 3 Months

Franson's two assists Wednesday stretch his current point streak to five games and seven points, including six assists.

He has 10 points in 14 games and has been surprisingly productive this season. He's also blocking shots and laying hits, so he has multi-categorical value.

Cody Franson D TOR 3 Months

Franson collected an assist on the power play and another at even strength in Thursday's shootout loss to Colorado.

He's got three points in the last two games now and six in 11 games on the year, a more-than-respectable pace for fantasy purposes. Franson's recorded four of his points on the man advantage, but unlike last year, he's been able to keep his plus-minus on the positive side of the ledger so far this season despite a minus-1 on Thursday.