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06-22-2007, 09:22 PM
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Jonathon Blum and other picks

The Predators drafted Jonathon Blum. Hes a D-man playing for Vancouver in the WHL. Hes got decent size (6', 155lbs). Hes a good skating, pucking moving D-man. Smart defensive player, uses his stick well to close down passing and shoot lanes. Can't find out of he's a physical player or not. Apparently he doesn't have a great shot but very good vision and passing skills. His hockey IQ and poise seem to be parise a lot.

Just another very good looking young D-man in the Predators system. I know a lot of people thought they should have gone for a foward, but I tend to agree with Burke on this one, the draft is for getting talent, period. Which means you take the best possible player with each pick you have. Trades, RFA's and UFA's are how you fill gaps and needs.

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We do a good job drafting defensemen, so I am sure this guy will pan out. That said, it would have been nice to have Esposito fall into our laps, and I'm still unsure of skipping on a few of the fowards available.

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If 155 lbs is decent sized, who would you call undersized...Nicole Ritchie?

All joking aside, I don't know anything about the guy, and virtually all 18 yr old prospects put on a good 25lbs during their development....so here's hoping he turns into a solid d-man for NSH.

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If 155 lbs is decent sized, who would you call undersized...Nicole Ritchie?

All joking aside, I don't know anything about the guy, and virtually all 18 yr old prospects put on a good 25lbs during their development....so here's hoping he turns into a solid d-man for NSH.
The guy is 6' feet tall and clearly has some filling out to do. Hes not going to be a small player. Hes not going to be Weber, but hes not going to be small. Decent size.

I try to keep up on the players in the draft, like I said smart defensively, good skater, good vision and passing. Definatly an offensive D-man, though his shot is a bit of question mark. At worst, a 3rd pairing, PP QB.

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Blum has struggled to put on weight so that has to be a concern. That being said, hell of a prospect.

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I like the pick. I'm probably the only one who does. Its tough to see us draft so many defensemen, and so few forwards. That said, you cannot say this was a reach pick. Both TSN and the hockey news had him rated higher than where we drafted. He played well in the WHL, which is a prospect gold-mine. Hopefully, he pans out for us.

Maclean, Repik, Sweat, Mayorov, Aliu, among other forwards are all still available...


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another dman in the system.


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nice pic, wouldve liked a forward, but as stated we have a pic in the second round and there are still some talented players up front.

hope he plays great in NASHVILLE!

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He and Franson are used to playing with each other.

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He and Franson are used to playing with each other.
that just sounds wrong

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Maclean, Repik, Sweat, Mayorov, Aliu, among other forwards are all still available...

But if you believe Blum is going to be the better player, you take Blum. You take the best player, cause even if you are just adding more depth to a position you are already very strong in, it gives you assests and players. So if someone like Franson and/or Laakso etc... end up being busts, you still have some depth. Or if everyone turns out the way you expect, in 2-3 years you now have young, tradable assests you can use to get say a 25 year old playingmaking center.

As I said, UFA's, RFA's and trades are how you address needs. The draft is how you get players and assests. That being said, I'm alittle susprised they didn't trade up to get Esposito given his history with Radulov, but I have no problem with picking Blum at all.

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I've always agreed with the BPA philosophy. I would be interested to see where we rated Petrecki, as he has size and can hit. If we want a specific forward, we have two, potentially three second rounders this year, along with two fourth round picks. We have the ability to move up, and I still think Zidlicky will be dealt.

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Andreas Thuresson 6'1, 200 W Malmo

Another overager, which line do we pencil him on to, this year?

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nice pic, wouldve liked a forward, but as stated we have a pic in the second round and there are still some talented players up front.

hope he plays great in NASHVILLE!
yet, we dont pick one of them...


54 NSH JEREMY SMITH 4/13/1989 Dearborn, MI US 5' 11.5" 160 OHL PLYMOUTH G L

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yet, we dont pick one of them...


54 NSH JEREMY SMITH 4/13/1989 Dearborn, MI US 5' 11.5" 160 OHL PLYMOUTH G L
Well he was the top rated goalie in the draft. That being said...it was also known as a weak draft for goalies. Probably at least three years away, but adds to our depth at the position again after we let go of Lassila.

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why are we listed as having just our second round pick, this year?

Are ALL of the pics we got from Florida next year? If so,that's some deal they got..

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I saw Smith in Quebec for the top40 CHL prospect matchup and he was the best goaltender on the ice and impressed me ALOT!!

I like this pick, even tho its a weak goaltender draft.

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Heres a report on Smith:

Scouting: shows a solid basic stance .. plays a butterfly style .. an above-average skater .. quick side-to-side movement .. moves fast in the crease .. okay lateral movement .. quick to recover after dropping to a butterfly .. does not cover lots of the net with his size .. solid footspeed .. angles shots into the corners well .. tough to beat down low .. above-average dexterity .. relies on his quickness and athleticism .. an acrobatic goaltender .. possesses solid reflexes .. goes down early .. could learn how to stay up for an extra moment to cover the upper shelf more effectively .. challenges the shooter .. tough to beat on the initial shot .. does not allow unnecessary rebounds as he turns the shots into the corners .. okay handling of rebounds .. could further work on his fundamentals .. okay anticipation of the developing plays .. solid fast glove hand .. decent on the blocker side .. a decent stickhandler .. willing to play the puck often .. should upgrade on passing accuracy in order to avoid adventures with the puck.

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nevermind, we got the pick they got from Detroit..their late first, in other words.


Nick Spaling. 6'0, 180 pound center from Kitchener of the OHL

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why are we listed as having just our second round pick, this year?

Are ALL of the pics we got from Florida next year? If so,that's some deal they got..
We received Detroit's 2nd rounder (58th) and next year we receive Florida's 1st and 2nd round selections.

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Ryan Thang- another small, american forward. This one is an overage, college pick.

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I'm really miffed on why we took an overager in the middle of the third round. Then again, I have no idea who he is, so I will wait until we learn more about him. Even with the russian transfer agreement not in place, it would be nice to draft someone like Mayorov or Goncharov in the 4th (if they somehow continue to fall....)

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I'm really miffed on why we took an overager in the middle of the third round. Then again, I have no idea who he is, so I will wait until we learn more about him. Even with the russian transfer agreement not in place, it would be nice to draft someone like Mayorov or Goncharov in the 4th (if they somehow continue to fall....)
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nevermind, we got the pick they got from Detroit..their late first, in other words.


Nick Spaling. 6'0, 180 pound center from Kitchener of the OHL
Good article on Spaling here:
http://mckeenshockey.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=590509

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