Jeremie Blain
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Jeremie Blain

Hometown:

Longueuil Quebec

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-03-19

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2010

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2010

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2013

Weight:

192 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2007-08: Jeremie Blain was chosen in the second round (27th overall) by the Victoriaville Tigres in the 2008 QMJHL Draft.

2008-09: In his QMJHL rookie season, Blain played for two clubs, the Victoriaville Tigres and the Acadie-Bathurst Titan.  In 49 total games, he scored 1 goal and added 6 assists for 7 points.  In 5 playoff games for the Titan, Blain picked up 2 assists.

2009-10: It was a breakout year for Blain, who finished as the top-scoring defenseman for Acadie-Bathurst.  He scored  4 goals and added 34 assists for 38 points in 64 games.  He added 72 penatly minutes to his offensive totals.  In 5 playoff games, Blain scored 2 goals and chipped in 2 assists for 4 points.

2010-11: Blain suffered a broken foot early in the season, missing 28 games, but was a key part of the attack for Acadie-Bathurst upon his return. In his third season in the QMJHL, Blain led all Titan defensemen with 37 assists and was +17 with 2 goals and 48 PMs as the club finished second behind Memorial Cup champion Saint John in the Maritimes Division. In the four-game playoff series with Victoriaville he scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was -5 with 4 PMs.

2011-12: Blain began the year with Acadie-Bathurst, skating in 29 games before being traded to Victoriaville in a trade deadline deal in January. He scored 6 goals with 18 assists and was +7 with 54 penalty minutes for the Titan. Back in Victoriavillie where he started his junior career, he scored 3 goals with 23 assists in 29 games and was +21 with 38 penalty minutes. The Tigres finished second in the East Division and led the QMJHL with 311 goals before being swept by Baie-Comeau in the first round. Blain had 2 assists and was -5 with 6 penalty minutes in the four game series with the Drakkar. He re-entered the 2012 NHL Draft after not being signed by Edmonton but was not selected.

2012-13: Blain signed an AHL contract with Vancouver’s AHL affiliate in Chicago in October of 2012, appearing in 25 games with the Wolves and spending most of his first pro season with the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads. He had 4 assists and was -5 with 40 penalty minutes for Chicago. In 47 ECHL games he scored 7 goals with 24 assists and was +11 with 58 penalty minutes with 5 of his 7 goals coming on the power play. Blain signed a three-year entry-level contract with Vancouver in July of 2013.

2013-14: Blain skated in six late season games with Vancouver AHL affiliate Utica — spending most of his second pro season with the ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings. He was +1 with no points and six penalty minutes with the Comets. Utica finished third in the North Division, four points out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference. Blain played in 25 regular season games for the Wings; missing nearly two months after suffering an injury in November. He scored 3 goals with 12 assists and was +16 with 47 penalty minutes. Kalamazoo finished first in the North Division and lost to Greenville in a first round playoff series. Blain had 1 assist with an even plus/minus and 2 penalty minutes in four playoff games.

Talent Analysis

Blain plays with physicality and has a effort level and a nice set of offensive tools. He has good size and uses it well. Slowed by injury in his first two pro seasons, his development has been slowed and he must continue to improve his mobility, defensive awareness and positioning. His stick handling and passing skills give him to effective tools with which to work.

Future

Blain attended training camp with Vancouver and has shuttled between AHL affiliate Utica and the ECHL's Kalamazoo Wings in 2014-15. In the second year of his three-year entry-level contract with the Canucks, Blain turns 23 at the end of March 2015 so he is still fairly young in terms of being a prospect as a defenseman. Until he can secure a spot at the AHL level on a permanent basis, however, it is difficult to see his long-term potential as anything more than organizational depth.

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