#12 -- Michael Blunden -- Center
2010-11 Season: Scored first goal of the season on 10-8-10 at Providence. Scored two goals on 10-9-10 earning the game's third star. Scored his fourth goal of the year on 10-15-10 at Providence. Collected one goal and one assist on 10-22-10 earning the game's first star. Scored game-winning OT goal on 10-29-10. Collected two assists on 10-30-10. Scored his 7th goal of the year on 11-5-10. 2009-10 Season: Set a career high for NHL games played in a season, appearing in 40 games with Columbus. 2008-09 Season: Appeared in first game as a member of the Crunch, January 16 vs. Albany. Scored first goal as a member of the Crunch, January 17 vs. Hamilton. Tallied a goal and was named the game's second star of the game, February 16 vs. Hershey. Notched 3 points (2g, 1a) and was named the game's first star, March 28 vs. Lake Erie.
Career Notes: Michael was drafted 43rd overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks from the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League. After his final year with the Otters, he signed a 3-year entry level contract with the Chicago Blackhawks on May 24, 2006. Michael made his NHL debut in the 2006-07 season with the Blackhawks playing in 9 games. His season was cut short when he suffered a shoulder injury on December 10, 2006, ruling him out for the rest of the season. Set an AHL career high in goals in a season (16), assists (21) and points (37) with Rockford in 2007-08.