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Mike Blunden Compilation (Welcome to Montreal)

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Published on Jul 7, 2011

Jackets ship Blunden to Habs for Russell's rights
07.07.2011 / 1:26 PM / 2011
The Columbus Blue Jackets have traded forward Mike Blunden to the Montreal Canadiens for the rights to restricted free agent forward Ryan Russell.

Blunden, a 2005 second-round draft pick of the Chicago Blackhawks, was scoreless with two shots in one NHL game last season. The 6-foot-4, 218-pound right wing had 21 points in 37 games with the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League.

He has 2 goals in 51 NHL games with the Blackhawks and Blue Jackets.

Russell, a 5-10, 174-pound center, had 21 points in 65 AHL games with the Hamilton Bulldogs. A 2005 seventh-round pick of the New York Rangers, Russell never has played in the NHL. His twin brother is Blue Jackets defenseman Kris Russell.

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.

Talent Analysis
Blunden has the size that scouts drool over and he isn't shy about using his frame to bang and crash in the corners. He hasn't shown the hands yet to be a big scorer, but he may be a late bloomer in that regard and as long as he is willing to go hard to the net and play in the trenches he will get his share of points.

Future
Blunden has been dealt for the second time in his short career, this time to Montreal.

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