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#1 canucklehead44

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 05:25 PM

Jeremie Blain is a former 2010 4th round pick by the Edmonton Oilers. Despite being somewhat highly touted he was not resigned by the Oilers. Blain was invited to the Canucks development camp and was later signed by the Chicago Wolves and sent to the Idaho Steelheads.

Blain has good size at 6'2, 192 pounds and plays a physical game. What really stands out with Blain is his offensive game.

Blain scored 52 points in 62 games last year in the QMJHL. As an 18 year old Blain had 41 points in 44 games. This year with the Steelheads Blain has 9 points in 8 games, leading all ECHL defenseman in scoring.

Has anyone watched Blain play? His numbers shot up a lot after his draft year (.61 PPG -22 to .93 PPG +17) . He was also a +28 last season. Despite putting up great numbers he has been tossed aside by the Oilers and now the Wolves. Does anybody think he has NHL upside?

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May, 2012 - Jeremie Blain had a great season and put up 50 points, which was among the top ten for defenseman. He was traded from Acadie-Bathurst to Victoriaville and was hoping for a long playoff run, but was unfortunately upset in the first round. Blain is a big, physical defenseman who plays on the powerplay, penalty kill and against the other teams top players. He has high-end hockey sense and a great offensive skillset. His defensive game will be the only thing that holds him back at the next level.

Edited by canucklehead44, 31 October 2012 - 05:26 PM.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 05:44 PM

not canucks property, and not even playing for the wolves... i doubt many people have seen him play.
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 06:55 PM

Success in the NHL is a combination of skill, size, and having your face on the Wheaties box. Seems like he's lacking at least one of those...
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Posted 01 November 2012 - 02:58 AM

Crazy numbers for a Dman. Even crazier that Oilers would let a recent draft pick walk for nothing. Even the Canucks give guys like Shirokov, Rahimi and Simek a look. Suddenly I'm not so ashamed of our development team.

Great size and skill, must be his defensive game that isn't giving him a real look.
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Posted 01 November 2012 - 07:37 PM

Crazy numbers for a Dman. Even crazier that Oilers would let a recent draft pick walk for nothing. Even the Canucks give guys like Shirokov, Rahimi and Simek a look. Suddenly I'm not so ashamed of our development team.

Great size and skill, must be his defensive game that isn't giving him a real look.


Maybe this is precisely the reason why one would be ashamed of our development team - the fact that we gave a shot to these guys haha. Maybe Oilers cut loose someone who will never make the NHL - seeing as he's in the ECHL, I don't see him having a good chance. Tonnes of guys with great size don't make the NHL. If he fixes whatever's holding him up, I could see him make it.

Also, having just signed Justin Schultz probably makes at least one defensive prospect expendable...Damn I wish we got him.
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Posted 01 November 2012 - 10:24 PM

From what I've heard, nothing he does stands out. Was out of place, invisible at Oiler's training camp. Add the fact that the Oilers had to get under 50 contract, he didn't impress enough to stay. Blain was injured in his draft year, and the coach gave him a tone a minute in the next year because of the lack of depth on that team. Injured again in his final year in the league. Contrary to scouting reports, he is not physical at all, doesn't display much edge. Offense is average, missing the net a whole lot. Long term project. If all goes well, could be a bottom pair defense man.

His numbers can be deceiving because of where he has played but if he keeps it up throughout the year, expect a call up to the A, and then we'll have more of understanding of this player.

Edited by Rey, 01 November 2012 - 10:37 PM.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 11:29 AM

When did the Canucks sign this guy? Why is he in the Canucks prospect section?
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Posted 02 November 2012 - 11:44 AM

When did the Canucks sign this guy? Why is he in the Canucks prospect section?


He's not officially Canucks property, but he was invited to prospects camp. Canucks do have an eye on this kid.
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Posted 02 November 2012 - 02:48 PM

Needs to be in a tougher league, IMO.
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Posted 15 November 2012 - 12:56 AM

13 points in 13 games, +5. Hope he earns a contract with the Wolves...maybe if and when the lockout is over.
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Posted 15 November 2012 - 04:33 AM

where is he playing?
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Posted 15 November 2012 - 06:01 PM

where is he playing?


ECHL - Idaho Steelheads. He is obviously too good for that league, I want to see what he can do in the AHL. Edmonton fans thought he was an absolute steal in the fourth round.

Compared to John Negrin, our other intriguing camp invite, Blaine is doing extremely well. Negrin has played most of his pro career (three seasons) in the AHL and even earned a callup to the Flames. This season he has 2 points in 12 games and is a -5 for Kalamazoo. Polasek is also stinking it up in the ECHL. When Polasek and Negin got sent down I thought they would be the top pairing and put up solid numbers but they are both brutal. Polasek has 3 points and is -2 for the record.
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Posted 27 November 2012 - 11:24 AM

Blain just got called up to the Chicago Wolves. He has 14 points in 18 games, 7th in the ECHL for defenseman. He has been on a bit of a cold streak with only 1 point in his last 5 games.
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Posted 27 November 2012 - 11:28 AM

he's only wolves property, but he's being brought in to QB the PP. if he performs well the nucks staff may take note, and he could possibly play his way into a contract with them.
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Posted 28 November 2012 - 04:35 PM

he's only wolves property, but he's being brought in to QB the PP. if he performs well the nucks staff may take note, and he could possibly play his way into a contract with them.


Canucks brass will keep an eye on this guy, especially since he was invited to the Canucks camp initially.

This is how Alex Burrows, Rick Rypien, G. Desbiens and Jason Jaffray earned NHL two-way contracts.

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 02:24 PM

Been reading the Jeremy price topic and there's a lot of talk about Blain stealing his spot. Just thought i would refresh this post to keep the talks about Blain on this post
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Posted 19 August 2013 - 03:05 PM

ECHL - Idaho Steelheads. He is obviously too good for that league, I want to see what he can do in the AHL. Edmonton fans thought he was an absolute steal in the fourth round.

Compared to John Negrin, our other intriguing camp invite, Blaine is doing extremely well. Negrin has played most of his pro career (three seasons) in the AHL and even earned a callup to the Flames. This season he has 2 points in 12 games and is a -5 for Kalamazoo. Polasek is also stinking it up in the ECHL. When Polasek and Negin got sent down I thought they would be the top pairing and put up solid numbers but they are both brutal. Polasek has 3 points and is -2 for the record.


still a relevant post. blain outperformed several wolves D-men last year. Well, not in the AHL. but completely dominant in the ECHL. I wonder if in the comet's staff minds blain is already ahead of guys like negrin, polasek, sauve. Still behind the likes of corrado, tommernes, andersson, and probably guimond and biega. I'm predicting he makes the comets as a 5 or 6. possibly even a 4th if he's been having a good summer.
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Posted 19 August 2013 - 03:41 PM

Did he sign with the Canucks?

I think Blain could take a huge leap in his development into the top 2 in the Wolves. He could be battling against Andersson for the spot.
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Posted 19 August 2013 - 05:20 PM

Did he sign with the Canucks?

I think Blain could take a huge leap in his development into the top 2 in the Wolves. He could be battling against Andersson for the spot.


yeah, he got an NHL contract this year. i'm interested to see if he can push onto the second pairing with andersson as the top pairing is looking like it will be tommernes-corrado.
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Posted 17 March 2014 - 10:09 PM

I think everyone's pretty much forgotten that this guy's in our system, but he's got 2-6-8 in his last six games and is a +12 in that span. Should at least be worth a look with the Comets, you'd think, although Utica's pretty set at D which I guess is why they haven't called him up yet.


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Posted 18 March 2014 - 01:24 PM

Blaine...maybe he's a late late late bloomer.
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Posted 18 March 2014 - 01:58 PM

He's been injured a lot. He will be a Comet next year, and if he stays healthy he could get a call up.


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Posted 28 March 2014 - 02:17 PM

Blain is replacing Corrado in Utica! 

 

He deserves a shot, so I'm happy for him.

 

Will be a good measuring stick for him and Blomstrand this weekend.


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Posted 31 March 2014 - 12:17 PM

Good numbers in the ECHL again this season. He had an underwhelming AHL audition last year, this is his time to show he can stick in the AHL. 46 points and +27 in 72 career ECHL games. Plus his size isn't an issue (6'2, 195lbs) and he brings some physicality. I think he is ready to make the jump.

Blain just turned 22 a couple weeks ago so he is still young, but will need to push his way up to a second-pairing spot with power play time in the AHL next year in order to have a shot at an NHL career. It is really a numbers game, and guys who are signs vs draft picks seem to have a harder go of it (Blomstrand getting called up instead of Pacan for example).

He doesn't exactly have stiff competition. Outside of Corrado most of Utica's D are older (Biega, Huskins) or similar long shot prospects (Sauve, Tommernes, Andersson).

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Posted 22 November 2014 - 07:09 PM

Bouncing between the U and the 'Zoo... and HF still has him rated as our top D prospect :mellow:


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Posted 22 November 2014 - 07:34 PM

Bouncing between the U and the 'Zoo... and HF still has him rated as our top D prospect :mellow:

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