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Wild recall former first-rounder Blum

Jonathon Blum

Jonathon Blum #7 of the Nashville Predators skates against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on November 8, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (November 7, 2011 - Source: Jeff Gross/Getty Images North America)

Jonathan Blum is on his way back to the NHL.

Blum, Nashville’s first-round pick (23rd overall) at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, has been recalled by Minnesota from AHL Iowa, the club announced on Monday.

Blum’s recall comes with uncertainty surrounding the health of Jared Spurgeon, who was held off the ice for Monday’s practice (“banged up,” according to the Minnesota Star-Tribune.) The Wild host the Blues on Tuesday.

An offensive defenseman that signed with Minnesota after the Preds failed to tender him as a RFA, Blum has 16 points in 29 games with Iowa this season and is tied for 17th among all AHL blueliners in scoring.