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Tuesday, January 01, 2008
January 1, 2008

Once upon a time, teams had to wait two or three full-length seasons to even get a glimpse of whether or not their draft picks will pan out.

The Predators had to wait six months.

General Manager David Poile and the Predators organization made defenseman Jonathan Blum and goaltender Jeremy Smith their first two picks of the 2007 Entry Draft this past July. Both players are playing for Team USA in the World Junior Championships currently going on in the Czech Republic.

The Americans finished the preliminary round perfect; never surrendering even one point in the standings to the competition. Smith has backstopped Team USA from the beginning of the tournament and goes into the semi-finals with a record of 4-0-0, including having amassed 78 saves on just 83 shots.

Blum had an assist on Team USA's second goal against Finland on New Years Eve and 2006 draft pick Blake Geoffrion assisted on the game winning goal against Russia earlier in the week.

The semi-final opponent is still be determined but the game will be played on January 4th.

You can listen to the action live by logging onto usahockey.com.

Posted by Section 303 at 10:07 AM

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