Jon Blum To Make NHL Debut
Congratulations to former Vancouver Giants captain Jonathon Blum, who today was recalled by the Nashville Predators from Milwaukee (AHL). This is Blum’s first career recall and is expected to be in the lineup tonight vs. the Columbus Blue Jackets. Blum, who was selected 23rd overall in the 2007 Entry Draft by the Predators, will become the third Vancouver Giants player to make his NHL debut this season, joining Lance Bouma (Calgary Flames) and Tomas Vincour (Dallas Stars).
The 22 year old, who was named the CHL Defenceman of the Year in 2009, is in his second professional season. Currently, he is ninth among AHL defensemen in scoring and tied for second on the Milwaukee Admirals in points with 34 (8 goals, 26 assists). Today’s recall brings his tenure with the Predators full circle. He was selected in the first round at the 2007 NHL draft, held at Nationwide Arena in Columbus and now he will make his NHL debut at the exact same arena vs. the Blue Jackets.
He’s arguably been Milwaukee’s best defenseman this season and needless to say Nashville management has been keeping a close eye on him. “One of Jon’s exceptional qualities is his hockey sense and his ability to read plays and keep himself between his man and the net,” said Preds Assistant General Manager Paul Fenton. “You’re never going to see him as a bone-crusher, but you’re always going to see him on the correct side of the puck and making the right decisions. When we drafted Jon he was 160 pounds, but right now he weighs 190 pounds so, he’s grown into his body. With that he’s gaining more confidence in his strength and size.”
“Blum and Ryan Suter are very similar in the way that they think the game,” continued Fenton. “Blum’s game is probably a combination of Suter and Dan Hamhuis. Those guys are very subtle about the way they go about their business, yet they are physical and hard in the tight areas when it can almost go unnoticed. Blum fits into the mold of the defensemen that are thriving in the NHL right now, guys who can make that first pass and be very smart in their own end.”
Blum will wear his familiar #7 when he suits up tonight.