2010-11 Nashville Predators Report Card: Jonathon Blum

NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 19: Jonathon Blum #7 of the Nashville Predators scores the eventual game winning goal against Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings on March 19, 2011 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

With the season now over, it's time to take a look back and examine each player's individual performance. We'll briefly break it down, and then offer a letter grade for the year. It's report cards, Nashville Predators-style, from Blum to Wilson. First up: Jonathon Blum.


Jonathon Blum

#7 / Defenseman / Nashville Predators

6-1

178

Jan 30, 1989

Contract: $941,667 until 2011-12 (RFA)


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT

2010 - Jonathon Blum

playoffs

23

12

3

0

5

2

8

2

8

2

8

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

18

11

The Skinny: Considered by many to be the top prospect in the organization, Jon Blum was not expected to see much, if any, playing time in 2010-11. The reports out of Milwaukee were not all that encouraging, as Blum apparently struggled to adjust to defending the many stronger and faster forwards.

Francis Bouillon went down with a concussion, though, and Nashville gave Blum the call over the more experienced Teemu Laakso or Aaron Johnson

The Performance: Blum played in 23 regular season games, being paired predominantly with Kevin Klein. I don't think it was any coincidence that Klein's play improved significantly when paired with Blum as opposed to Bouillon. Blum immediately found a place on the 2nd power play unit, and seemed perfectly at home in all situations. Overmatched? Hardly. The hype was legit.

The Grade: It was an abbreviated year for Jonathon Blum, but one that thoroughly exceeded my expectations. Just 21, Blum has already offset, somewhat, the loss of Dan Hamhuis and is a player I expect to see in the Music City for a long time. He'll be eligible for the Calder Trophy next season, and I fully expect him to mount a campaign for the award. Under the circumstances, Blum gets an A. What say you?  

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