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Ryan Hartman Is Heading To Rockford

By Keith Schultz

Jun 30, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; Ryan Hartman puts on a jersey after being introduced as the number thirty overall pick to the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Blackhawks 2013 first round pick is on his way to the Rockford IceHogs after getting assigned there after his OHL season with the Plymouth Whalers was finished this week. Hartman had 25 goals and 28 assists on the year with a -14 rating.  Hartman also played on the US World Juniors team that played well in the preliminary rounds, but was knocked out in the first round of medal play.

Hartman the 30th overall pick in the first round has been described by many as a Andrew Shaw type of player with more offensive skill and with the knack to be highly annoying like #65.  Hartman will gain some valuable AHL experience after playing the past few seasons in the OHL.  This is the type of exposure and playing time that would be suiting Matt Carey well instead he opted for the Drew LeBlanc version with a taste of big league action first while missing out on 10-12 games in Rockford.

The Hartman arrival could help their offense that until the last game had struggled some with missing scoring leaders Brandon Pirri having moved on to Florida and Jeremy Morin who was called up to Chicago.

Hartman is one step closer to making it back home to Chicago, but today he’s on his way to becoming a Hog.

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