Leading up to the lockout-shortened season, we will be providing 2012-13 previews for each player. In no specific order, we continue with Jonathon Blum today…
There’s no hiding Blum had a sophomore slump in 2012-13. His season’s first two-plus months were a step back compared to when he was thrown into the fire as a rookie in 2010-11. He posted a minus-14 rating and just seven points in 33 games.
The Predators twice sent Blum down to Milwaukee and was never recalled for game action after January 6th. In those two AHL stints, he struggled to reestablish his game with a minus-11 rating (and 26 points) in 48 games. People who followed Milwaukee last season say Blum lacked consistency and didn’t play with much confidence.
In September, Blum was signed to a one-year, $650,000 contract by the Predators. He was a restricted free agent at the time.
Blum has seemingly underwhelmed in Milwaukee this season, posting just one goal and 12 points in 34 games.
Blum is one of three Milwaukee Admirals being called up to Nashville for the shortened season.
It’s difficult to gage expectations for Blum from here on out. With the off-season signing of Scott Hannan, Blum currently doesn’t have a spot in the Predators’ top six on defense. The California native will be the team’s seventh defenseman to start the year, but he will have a hard time getting much NHL ice time this season if everyone stays healthy. Mattias Ekholm’s emergence doesn’t help matters for Blum’s future.