Dylan Blujus - Brampton Battalion
6'3" -193 LBS
D.O.B. January 22, 1994
Blujus was somewhat of an unknown when he was selected in the third round, 60th overall, in the 2010 OHL Priority Draft. A product of the Buffalo Regals Midget squad, he played in 47 games contributing 5 goals and 17 assists.
At the time of his draft, Blujus described himself as a defensive defenseman. He is on the NHL Central Scouting's B List of players to watch from the OHL this season, his second with the Battalion. During his rookie campaign he scored 4 times and added 22 assists in 67 games.
Blujus however, underestimates his offense, more so than the people that watch him play. He already quarterbacks a power play. He makes great passes that always seem to find his teammates. And he possesses the hockey smarts needed to succeed. Brampton is off to a somewhat surprising start and part of that success can be attributed to Blujus. He is tied for the team lead in goals (4), points (7) and plus/minus (+6) in 8 games.
He already possesses good size at 6'3" but will need to add more bulk. Defensively he is very sound positionally and makes the hard plays look simple. He has an active stick, battles hard and has an excellent work ethic. Some believe he could be more physical and the fact he has zero penalty minutes proves that. But the team as a whole takes fewer penalties, ranking near the bottom in team penalty minutes.
No one can predict with certainty that he can maintain his current pace, but with more than a handful of top notch defensemen available for the NHL draft in 2012, watching what Blujus will do for the remainder of the season will be pure enjoyment.
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