I talked to Paul Postma during the Prospect Development Camp, along with Daulton Leveille and Eric O’Dell, earlier this month so we would have something to blog about this summer.
It looks like Postma should start the year in Chicago. He did have some standout moments at camp.
“I think I will be in Chicago probably,” Postma said. “We’ll see how long I have to play there for but whatever it takes I’ll do.”
Here are his stats from last season playing for Calgary in the WHL. He had 84 points, 23 goals, 61 assists in 70 games. He set team records for single-season goals and points by a defenseman. He was also a league-high plus-67. In 18 playoff games he had 13 points, five goals and eight assists. He was a plus-9.
He was named a WHL first-team all-star in the East.
He really fits the Thrashers’ future. He’s big – 6-foot-2 – and is an offensive defenseman. Like most of the Thrasher prospect, he needs to add some weight. He’s listed at 175 pounds.
“It’s awesome for me,” Postma said of the Thrashers’ system. “As good as I like to play defensively, I like to contribute a little bit offensively as well. The type of system they run here, they let their defense do that. That’s something that’s huge for me. I’m going to take the time to show off the best part of my game.”
The Thrashers thought enough of him to sign the 20 year old to a three-year deal in April after drafting him in the seventh round (205 overall) in 2007.
On his experience at the prospect camp – his second – he said: “It’s in the middle of summer and helps to get your legs back. Mentally, you have to stay in the mindset of working hard to get to the next level and this is a real reminder of what you need to do to get there.”