Forward Ryan Hartman is in his second season with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League. The native of West Dundee, Ill. helped lead the United States National Junior Team to a gold medal at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia. He was one of three returning players from that team invited to the U.S. National Junior Team selection camp this week in Minneapolis, Minnesota, that will help determine the roster for the 2014 WJC in Malmo, Sweden. Hartman, selected in the first round (No. 30) by the Chicago Blackhawks at the 2013 NHL Draft, had two goals, three points and a plus-4 rating in seven games as a checking-line forward at last season's tournament. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound wing has graciously offered to maintain a blog for NHL.com during the four-day camp at Mariucci Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota.
Hi all! We just concluded our opening exhibition game here in Mankato against Minnesota State with a 3-2 win in overtime.
I thought we started off a little sloppy but it was our first full game as a unit. I thought as the period went on we got a little better. I thought we lacked a little bit on the power play [1-for-3] and let up two penalty-kill goals [on four chances] so we need to improve special teams, but overall it was a good game.
I thought it was pretty awesome that Hudson [Fasching] was able to get the game-winner, being from the University of Minnesota. I'm sure he had family and friends at the game and to pull a move like that in overtime was pretty cool, especially when you're wearing the USA crest so it's pretty awesome. Everyone in the locker room was pretty proud of him.