Blujus, 20, was a second-round pick (No. 40) in the 2012 NHL Draft. He had four goals and 30 points in 55 games this season for the North Bay Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound player had four goals and 10 points in 22 playoff games. Blujus led all North Bay defensemen in goals in the playoffs, with three on the power play. He helped the Battalion reach the OHL finals.
Blujus has 17 goals and 119 points in 256 OHL games in four seasons with Brampton and North Bay.
Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on rookie goaltender Garret Sparks, who made 24 saves in his first NHL start, a 3-0 win vs. Oilers
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