Don’t You Forget About Me (Johan Franzen, getting closer)

Red Wings RW Johan Franzen, demi-god of the playoffs, is available in far too many fantasy leagues.

Let’s take a quick trip back to last year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Red Wings RW Johan Franzen tallied 12 goals, 11 assists and 72 shots on goal in 23 games.

He was so dominant, he seemed like a safe bet to break out in 2009-10, especially because his regular season (34 goals, 25 assists, 246 shots) revealed plenty of promise.

Then Franzen went and tore his left ACL three games into this season.

Projected to miss four months, Franzen was dropped by many owners who’d spent a top-50 draft pick on him. As of Jan. 7, Franzen was available in 33.5 percent of ESPN leagues (where he is eligible at both C and RW) and 42 percent of Yahoo! formats (RW only).

The Genius is here to tell you: Grab Franzen if he’s still available. Originally projected to be out until March, Franzen may be ready to return in February. In fact, he’s already skating.

Rotowire recently dispatched the following report: “Franzen (knee) skated with his teammates on Tuesday morning, but is unsure if he’ll be able to return before the Olympics on Feb. 15, the Detroit Free Press reports.

“‘It’s only a pregame skate, so it’s not that hard, no battling, only up and down (the ice) and shoot a little bit,’ Franzen said. ‘Felt pretty good.’ Franzen was initially ticketed for a return in early March, but if things progress better than expected, he may be able to return a few weeks sooner.”

photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

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