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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Prospect Pulse: Jon Blum

Jon Blum a is a young hockey player out of the Hockey Capital of the United States - California. Blum was taken in the 1st round, 23rd overall by the Preds. Blum had been playing for the Vancouver Giants in the WHL since the 2005-2006 season and has gotten progressively better. He manned the blue line for the Giants in their championship run at the Memorial Cup in 2007.

This 6'0 160 lbs defenseman is a mobile puck mover who has a nose for points. In his second year he finished 7th among all WHL defensemen and 1st among 2007 draft-eligible defensemen with 51 points. He finished the 72 game schedule with an unheralded plus 37.

Blum has also been seen as a "knock me down and I will get back up" kind of person. He has faced various adversity in his life, from the death of his twin sister, to watching his mother battle cancer. This kid has grit and determination.

On the downside, Blum will have to bulk up in order to be considered a real presence at the blue line.

Blum in all liklihood will not play for the Predators this upcoming season but in the next few years, be sure to watch for him manning the blue alongside his former Giants D partner Cody Franson.

Ballhype: hype it up!

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