Predators add more first-round pedigree to lineup

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 11:25am

Jonathon Blum will become the ninth first-round draft pick in Nashville Predators’ history to suit up for the team in a regular-season game when he makes his NHL debut Tuesday at Columbus.

Blum was recalled Tuesday morning with two veteran defensemen, Ryan Suter (upper body) and Francis Bouillon (concussion) sidelined by injury.

The Predators also reassigned goalie Andres Lindback to Milwaukee and recalled Mark Dekanich. Lindback has appeared in just two games (one start, one relief appearance) in the last month and last week battled illness. Franchise officials wanted him to get some game work.

Blum, the 23rd overall selection in 2007 has 34 points, (eight goals, 24 assists), which ranks ninth among all American Hockey League defensemen, in 54 games for Milwaukee this season. He had the only goal in a 2-1 loss Sunday.

He had 41 points in 80 games last season, his first as a professional.

Other first-round picks who have played for Nashville are as follows: David Legwand (1998), Brian Finley (1999), Scott Hartnell (2000), Dan Hamhuis (2001), Scottie Upshall (2002), Suter (2003), Alexander Radulov (2004) and Colin Wilson (2008).

The only one of the first 10 first-rounders never to have played for Nashville is defenseman Ryan Parent (2005).

The Predators play at Columbus 6 p.m. with live television coverage on Fox Sports-Tennessee.