Mike Blunden
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Mike Blunden

Hometown:

Gloucester Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1986-12-15

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2005

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

6-4

Acquired:

Trade from Columbus, 2011

Weight:

210 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

Was named top rookie for the Erie Otters in 2002-03. Played for Team OHL in the 2004 Canada-Russia Challenge Series. Played in the 2005 CHL Top Prospects Game.

2006-07: Blunden didn’t score in nine games during a November call-up with the Hawks, but showed great energy, averaging 11:23 on the third and fourth lines and delivered a lot of big hits. A big man and a good skater who is always around the action, Blunden suffered a season-ending shoulder injury about halfway through the year.

2007-08: Blunden was one of Rockford’s steadier players last season, putting up 37 points in 74 regular season games and adding another four points in 12 playoff games. Maybe the most important number, however, was the 74 regular-season games he played in, which ranked second on the team and was also a career-high for him. Given his injury-prone past, Blunden’s good health was just what the IceHogs were looking for. 

2006 HF article on Blunden.

2008-09: Blunden opened the season in Rockford, where he scored 3 goals and 7 assists in 37 games for the IceHogs. He was then traded to the Columbus organization in exchange for Adam Pineault. The power forward played 39 games for the Syracuse Crunch and scored 9 goals, 12 assists for 21 points.

2009-10: Blunden had his first lengthy stint in the NHL, appearing in 40 games with Columbus and recording 2 goals, 2 assists, and 59 PIMs. He also played in 25 games with the Syracuse Crunch in the AHL with 7 goals and 9 assists for 16 points.

2010-11: Blunden appeared in just one NHL game after playing 40 games with Columbus the previous year and suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in January while playing for AHL Springfield. Blunden’s only appearance for the Blue Jackets came in a November game against the Avalanche; he was scoreless with two shots on goal and -1 plus/minus in 10:31 minutes of ice time. In 37 games for Springfield before his injury, Blunden scored 5 of his 12 goals on the power play and had 21 assists. He had 41 PMs and was -6 for the Falcons, who finished sixth in the seven-team Atlantic Division and missed the AHL playoffs. Blunden was obtained by the Canadiens in a trade for Ryan Russell in July 2011 after signing a one-year, two-way contract with Columbus in June.

Talent Analysis

Blunden has terrific size and isn’t shy about crashing and banging in the corners. He hasn’t shown the hands to be a big scorer, but he is willing to go hard to the net and play in the trenches.

Future

Blunden has appeared in more than 50 games with the Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets. He should fit in nicely with Hamilton if there isn't room for him in the Canadiens lineup.

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