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Fantasy Summary

Fransen is a mobile puck-moving defenseman whose off-puck habits will need refinement before making the leap to the NHL but who could anchor a second pairing if he hits.


Observations

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July 2024 – Being taken with the nicest pick in the draft, 69th overall, Fransen is a smooth-skating defenseman who has a very good transitional game. He has an innate ability to take the puck out of his own zone by himself and convert that into a scoring chance. Some concerns about his defensive game exist as he excels in defending one-on-one situations, but outside of that, Fransen tries too hard to make plays with solely his skating ability. His offensive game can be highly translatable and with some refinement in his defensive game, Fransen could be an NHL player in a year or two. Nick Bass

June 2024 – Fransen was selected 69th overall by the Blue Jackets. Pat Quinn

 

April 2024 – Stylistically similar to Alfons Freij, Noel Fransen has impressed us with his refined sense of space and timing on-puck, which in tandem with his plus-level mobility, handling, and passing gives him intriguing upside as a puck-moving defenseman. Offensively, he is a play-connector on the blueline and has shown – with increasing regularity – flashes of deceptive playmaking. These strengths would have him even higher on our board were it not for some of the off-puck growing pains. He has a tendency of crowding his puck-carrying teammates rather than stretching defensive structures, and his defensive game is more reactionary than it is controlled or prepared, with inconsistent defensive scanning and a fiction on the puck-carrier holding him back. The foundation for a creative puck-moving defenseman is here, but he will need to progress his off-puck habits and defensive consistency in order to threaten hitting his NHL upside. (April Rankings: #46) Sebastian High 

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.0
NHL Certainty 5.0
Country SWE
Position D
Roster Type Europe
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth December 7, 2005
Height 6‘0”
Weight 183 lbs
Drafted No

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2018-2019 Färjestad BK U16 2U16 Div.11 0 11 0|        
 2019-2020 Färjestad BK U16 2U16 Div.118 5 914 12|        
  Färjestad BK U16U16 Region3 0 00 0|        
 2020-2021 Färjestad BK U16U16 Region6 1 23 2|        
  VärmlandTV-Pucken3 0 11 0|        
  Färjestad BK J18J18 Region2 0 00 0|        
 2021-2022 Färjestad BK J18J18 Region21 3 710 4|        
  Färjestad BK J18J18 Nationell17 3 47 10|Playoffs2 0 11
  Färjestad BK J20J20 Nationell2 1 01 0|Relegation5 0 00
 2022-2023 Färjestad BK J18J18 Region21 8 1624 8|        
  Färjestad BK J18J18 Nationell15 8 1220 10|Playoffs2 0 22
  Färjestad BK J20J20 Nationell5 0 00 0|Playoffs1 0 00
 2023-2024 Färjestad BK J20J20 Nationell45 20 2444 16|Playoffs2 0 11
  Färjestad BKSHL4 1 01 0|        
  Sweden U19 (all)International-Jr8 2 24 0|        

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