It seemed like it took all day but the Chicago Blackhawks finally made their selection. Stan Bowman did what Stan Bowman does and not make a move in the first round and stood pat which is what everyone expected him to do on Sunday in New Jersey.
Ryan Hartman is the 1st round pick by the Blackhawks and the final first round selection of the 2013 NHL Draft.
The first comparison of Hartman is Andrew Shaw for his agitator, aggressive style that he showcased at the World Juniors. Hartman is a classic bottom six guy for being able to play defensive hockey from the forward position.
Hartman played for the OHL Plymouth Whalers and scored 23 goals 37 assists and a +rating 29. Future Consideration had him ranked as the 22nd best prospect while most mock drafts had Hartman going late in the 1st round or early in the 2nd round.
Hartman is a US born player that was part of the World Juniors team that won a gold medal. Hartman is a solid pick though some people will suggest that for the third year in a row the Hawks didn’t draft a defenseman!
Here is what Ryan Hartman had to say on Twitter after getting selected by his hometown team.
— Ryan Hartman (@RHartzy18) June 30, 2013
What do you think of the first round pick?
Unless there is a trade the Hawks don’t pick again until the fourth round from the Johnny Oduya trade.
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