I'm proud to announce my commitment to Mankato. Thanks to everyone who has helped along the way! #mavericks #thankful
— cj franklin (@cjfrank5) January 16, 2013
Franklin will join Stampede teammate Zeb Knutson with the Mavericks. I'm guessing both will come to MSU in 2014.
The 5-foot-10, 184-pound forward is a Forest Lake native and played high school hockey there for coach Aaron Forsythe, a former MSU defenseman. Franklin is tied for third on Sioux Falls (with Knutson) with 28 points, including 13 goals. He's also +16 in 33 games with 49 PIMs. Sioux Falls is in first place in the USHL's Western Conference.
This is Franklin's first year in the USHL. As a senior at Forest Lake, he had 15 goals and 42 points in 27 games.