Jan Blanar spent the 2000-01 season playing exclusively with the junior team of Trencin of the Slovakian league. He notched nine points and 16 PIM in 35 games. The Panthers liked enough of him to roll the dice with a late round pick, selecting Blanar 263rd overall in the 2001 Entry Draft.
The following season Blanar was able to get called up to Dukla Trencin of the senior league and played 11 games with the team; 2 PIM were his only marks he made on the scoresheet. He spent the majority of the season with the junior team. His strong play earned him a spot on the Slovak U18 team held in Slovakia.
Blanar was not as fortunate in 2002-03, only seeing senior league action in two regular season games and two playoff contests. However, he performed well in the junior league, leading the team’s defense corps in points (3-8-11) in 30 games. He also finished second on the team in plus/minus rating.
In 2003-04 Blanar switched organizations, skating in 13 games for Liptovsky Mikulas in the Slovakian second tier senior league. His team is making the jump to the first league for the 2004-05 season.
The fact that Blanar has been unable to play in the Slovakian senior league for an entire season must be a concern for his development. He did attend the a camp for the Panthers in 2003, but returned to Slovakia. Nothing can really be expected from a player picked in the ninth round, and that is most likely the case with Blanar.