Jonathon Blum, D, 2007, #23 Pick in the First Round
Jonathon Blum played great and scored everywhere EXCEPT the NHL. He was a great point man on the Power Play for his teams in the Juniors and AHL setting assist records and winning awards. He just couldn’t do it in the NHL.
After the Preds selected him in 2007, he played two more years in Juniors and racked up more than a point a game. Then in 2009 he moved to the Milwaukee Admirals and scored 75 points in 134 games. Everyone couldn’t wait to see him in Nashville.
He was brought up in parts of three years from 2010-2013 and scored 22 points in 91 games and had no physical game at all. He was most famous for getting stomped on by the Anaheim Ducks Bobby Ryan who received a two-game suspension for it.
After the 2013 season, the Predators didn’t offer a contract and he signed a two-way deal with the Wild. Although he was able to tear it up for their AHL Iowa team he scored only 2 points in 19 games.
He left the Wild for the KHL and last season played for the Vladivostok Admiral. He had a nice season with 8 goals and 30 points in 55 games. For some reason, his game just will not translate to the NHL. We wish him well in Russia.
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