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Predators select defenseman Blum with first pick

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators

Jon Blum was taken by Nashville with the #23 overall pick in the 2007 NHL Draft Friday. (Getty/Bruce Bennett)
The Nashville Predators took Vancouver Giants defenseman Jonathon Blum with their first pick of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. The 6'0", 160-pound native of Long Beach, Calif. is classified by Central Scouting as "a mobile, heads up defenseman." Blum, a teammate of Predators defensive prospect Cody Franson on the 2007 Memorial Cup-winning Giants, was ranked by the Central Scouting Agency as the 17th best available North American skater in this year's draft. He posted 51 points (8g-43a) and 48 penalty minutes in 72 games played with Vancouver in 2006-07.

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Central Scouting Report: A mobile, heads up defenseman… makes smart decisions with the puck and has highend passing ability… has good positioning and very rarely gets beat… effective on special teams and very patient with the puck…needs to get tougher along the boards and improve his physical presence.

Hockey Profile: Completed his second season with the Vancouver Giants of the WHL ranked seventh among all WHL defensemen and first among 2007 draft-eligible defensemen with 51 points (8-43-51) in 72 games…ranked first in the WHL in plus/minus (plus-37)… was named NHL Draft Prospect Player of the Month for October 2006 after he recorded 10 points (3-7-10) and was a plus-seven in 12 games… finished second among all 16-year-old rookie defensemen in scoring with 24 points (7-17-24) in 61 games in 2005-06… helped the Giants to a WHL Championship in 2006 - had seven assists (1-7-8) in 18 playoff games… played for the U.S. Under-18 team at the 2006 Junior World Cup, wining a silver medal… was a member of the California Wave prior to playing in the WHL.

Personal Profile: Personal Profile: Nickname is Blummer… most memorable game watched: Game #6 of the 1999 Stanley Cup Final - Brett Hull scored to help Dallas defeat Buffalo 2-1 in the third overtime period to capture the Stanley Cup… most memorable hockey game: the first game of the 2006 Memorial Cup - "awesome atmosphere and it was a huge game"… he wears #7 after Chris Chelios - Chelios wore #7 when he played for the Chicago Blackhawks (1990-1999)… patterns his game after former NHL defenseman Brian Leetch because of his smarts with the puck and his overall hockey sense… his pre-game rituals involve "eating and sleeping at the same time" on game day as well as a warm-up routine that does not change… he admires his parents because "they are the best people I know"… names his dad as having the most influence on his career - "he is always supporting me and I would love to be just like him"… if he could have dinner with any three people he would choose: Tiger Woods - "one of the most mentally tough athletes", Lance Armstrong - "great competitor" and Jessica Simpson… favorites include: Los Angeles Kings (NHL team), Rob Blake of the Los Angeles Kings and Chris Chelios of the Detroit Red Wings (NHL defensemen), "shot glove or five-hole" (shootout moves), Entourage and Married with Children (TV shows), Tiger Woods 2007 (video game), Red Hot Chili Peppers (group), Cars and Meet the Parents (movies), Ben Stiller and Robert Deniro (actors).

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