1) With the renewed depth of our defensive prospect core and the young core of defensemen already patrolling the Nashville blueline, do you feel that this is an important year for you to both prove yourself at the professional level and solidify your position on the organizational depth chart?
2) After finishing your season with the Giants, you participated with the Admirals during their Calder Cup playoff push to positive reviews. What was the most difficult part of the transition between levels and what did you learn during those couple of weeks that will better prepare you to make the jump to professional hockey this season?
1) Having shared the ice representing the U.S. at the WJC's the past two winters with fellow Predators prospect Colin Wilson, can you talk about his development both on and off the ice over the past year?
2) Being a U.S. born player from California, can you discuss briefly your decision to play major junior instead of pursuing NCAA hockey?
Which non-roster D-man currently in the Preds system would he most like to be paired with in the future
Cody Franson, due to their success patrolling the Vancouver blueline together a couple of seasons ago.
Originally Posted by Conando
Who's the toughest Forward he's been matched up against thus far in his career ? WHL, WJC, etc
Answered, I think Jamie Benn from Kelowna (who is a Dallas prospect turning pro this year too)
Originally Posted by worstfaceoffmanever
Is there any sort of competition, friendly or otherwise, between you and fellow Giant alum Cody Franson?
Asked immediately after braindead's question...yes, there is a friendship there from their time together in juniors and obviously a competition for a roster spot within the organization, but realistically both want the best for each other...which would hopefully mean both making the NHL and having success at that level.
Originally Posted by SLake
Being a U.S. born player from California, can you discuss briefly your decision to play major junior instead of pursuing NCAA hockey?
First question asked, pretty much what I expected for an answer. His coach (presumably at the travel level) was a WHL alumnus, but most importantly due to the lack of recruiting in the Western US (very true) the WHL provided the best opportunity for him to advance by giving him an opportunity to compete at a younger point in his career, provided him with a 72 game schedule and daily practices (similar to professional schedule), etc. Doesn't have any regrets - nor should he...
Originally Posted by Basher
Which country music starlet do you want to hook up with? Keep in mind, Tootoo has already escorted Kelli Pickler.
Second part of the question omitted, but answered Carrie Underwood due to her both her vocal and physical talent(s).
A couple other questions asked from e-mail that I don't recall. A very good interview that I'd recommend listening to if it is archived, also interviewed former Predators defenseman Bob Boughner (coaching Ryan Ellis with the Windsor Spitfires) immediately prior.
Blum agreed with the hosts that he is through with junior hockey and will be embarking on his rookie season at the pro level this year. Sounded very excited to get into camp, knew about the rookie scrimmages with Atlanta prior to main camp and said it would be a lot of fun going up against Vancouver teammate and Atlanta draftee Evander Kane during the week.
Mentioned his experience as captain of this season's U.S. WJC team as a highlight of his season and a tremendous experience, also captained Vancouver to their highest regular season point total in franchise history (despite falling in the third round of the playoffs) as a bonding experience for the team and something that he is very proud of.
A young man who has experienced horrific tragedy with the loss of his twin sister and endured his mother's fight with cancer, only to exceed expectations at every level thus far in his career...I really think we have a solid person that'll make a positive impact in our organization for season's to come.
Hope you enjoy it. I think this kid is not only a terrific player, but a pretty solid individual as well. You might want to check a few shows back as well where we interviewed Preds scout Rick Knickle.