The Blackhawks made eight selections in the 2013 NHL Draft on Sunday, adding five forwards and three defensemen. But how are the newest Blackhawks viewed around the league and by the scouting community?
chicagoblackhawks.com took a look at what the draft experts had to say about the Blackhawks' selections, and will bring you their reports this week. Today's prospect: winger Ryan Hartman, taken 30th overall by Chicago.
Red Line Report: "One nasty piece of business. Oh, and he can score. This S.O.B. is one miserable [player] to play against! Industrial strength abrasive is always disturbing the peace--usually after the whistle--and gets opponents off their game and under their skin. Built like a tank and hits like a Mack truck, running over everything in his path. Also has a hard, heavy wrist shot and good stick skills. Can handle the puck at full speed and shows a fine mix of skills, skating, grit and physicality. Absolutely relentless in puck pursuit off a vicious forecheck. Crashes the crease hard and deliberately bangs into goalies often. Team catalyst plays with tons of passion. Ultra competitive warrior is the type of player you win championships with, and has a knack for coming up big at crunch time. Has underrated hands and playmaking skills. Plays a responsible defensive game and does all the little things that help good teams win. Fierce competitor."
Hockey Prospectus: "Hartman is a do-it-all type player who can provide significant two-way value despite being a tad undersized, at around 5'11". He is smart, and he makes creative plays in both puck handling and passing. He is a very aware defensive player, as he makes great reads, and he will provide value in his own end at both even strength and the penalty kill. Hartman is a hard worker, which adds to his defensive value. On the forecheck, he can deliver good pressure, and the occasional big hit. He has decent, if not solid speed. He lacks the blazing top gear that a player with below-average size would optimally possess, but his skating is acceptable. Hartman will create from the perimeter, drive the net, and play tough defensive situations. He does not have a ton of upside, but he projects as an above-average regular. He can play center or wing, a versatile bonus for the Whaler forward."
HockeysFuture.com: "At 5’11, 190 pounds, Hartman’s size isn’t exactly eye-popping, but his ability to excel at all facets of the game most certainly does. Hartman is a tough 5’11 and is willing to throw his body around. He finds his way into the gritty areas of the ice and has solid enough hands to convert a few opportunities. He’s also played both centre and the wing, so for a team looking for a little versatility in an all-around package, Hartman will be an attractive option."
DraftSite.com: "Led the USA-NTP U-17 team in scoring last season. A physical-style player who already understands the nuances of both offensive and defensive coverages, and leads by example. He shows plenty of promise to climb up the scouting lists, because he plays an ultra aggressive style fits NHL playoff style hockey, despite being under six foot. He pressures the opposition in plenty of ways, including those they don't like. Extremely smart and reads the on-ice situations, and will know when to drive the front, when to shoot, and the spot where to get open. Despite descriptions by many as not fast and under-sized, he has exceptional small area quickness in stop and starts and is a strong penalty killer. He can slide back to centre ice if needed, and can play all three forward positions with grit, nasty and enough sandpaper that he can a disruptive force in all three zones."
Adam Kimelman of NHL.com: "Strong skater, versatile and tough -- played second half of the season with a shoulder injury that needed surgery. He was a key part of the U.S. win at the World Junior Championship."
Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com: "A gold medalist for Team USA at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, he plays with heart and courage. The 5-11, 181-pound right-handed shot is good on faceoffs, a leader and a big-game performer who also will block shots and drop the gloves if needed."