Preds Prospect Jon Blum—–NHL.Com

Posted: December 24, 2008 in General Discussion, Sports
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75965187PHM_D046752054After being spurned by American colleges, Jonathan Blum has proven he is one of the best American defense prospects.

Blum, named team captain, will play a major role on the U.S. blue line when the 2009 World Junior Championship is held Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Ottawa.

Of the seven defenseman chosen for the American team, Blum is the only one not currently playing NCAA hockey. Not that he didn’t want to, of course.

“When I was younger, no colleges or the national program was looking past the Rockies,” Blum, a native of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., told NHL.com. “I didn’t get much exposure from contacts or college teams, so I decided to go to the Western Hockey League because of that.”

It turned into a fortuitous move. Blum joined the Vancouver Giants, and the Nashville Predators selected him with the 23rd pick of the 2007 Entry Draft. Now in his fourth season with the Giants, he leads WHL defensemen with 44 points in 28 games.Rest of The Story

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