We had so much fun doing our Countdown to Faceoff series last season that we decided to do it again. In case you’re new to the series, we’ll do a roster preview as we count down the days until the Chicago Blackhawks raise their 6th Stanley Cup Banner on October 7th season opener against the New York Rangers.
We are down to 38 days until opening night which is kind of hard to believe. It seems like just yesterday that the Chicago Blackhawks were celebrating on the ice of the United Center and now we are almost a month away from opening night.
For today’s countdown we will take a look at one of the Chicago Blackhawks best prospects inRyan Hartman
. Hartman made a huge splash when he arrived in Chicago on his first shift, and even today we get people putting GIF’s of his hit on our Twitter feed. If you have forgotten about the hit here is a replay.
Hartman didn’t pick up a point in the five games he played with the Chicago Blackhawks last season, but he certainly left a lasting impression on the coaching staff and the entire fan base.
Just as recently as today the NHL ranked Hartman as the #5 prospect in the Chicago Blackhawks system. With the moves that Stan Bowman made this offseason it looks unlikely that Hartman will have a shot at a roster slot this season, but stranger things have happened at Blackhawks training camp the past few years.
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Hartman of course wasn’t the first Chicago Blackhawks player to wear #38 so here is a quick look back at all of the other former #38’s in Chicago Blackhawks franchise history.
1. Kent Paynter-1989 Paynter played three games with Chicago without registering a point. He played 37 NHL games with 1 goal and 3 assists.
2. James Black-1996-1998 Black played in 129 contests with the Blackhawks scoring 25 goals and 29 assists. His NHL career ended with the Washington Capitals with career totals of 352 career games played 58 goals 57 assists.
3. Jamie Allison-1999-2000 Allison also wore #33 with the Blackhawks in his 208 games played with the Hawks, he had 7 goals 23 assists and 356 penalty minutes during his stay in Chicago.
4. Nolan Baumgartner-2001 Baumgartner stayed only 8 games in Chicago not scratching the scoresheet. His NHL career ended with the Vancouver Canucks after 143 games played with 7 goals and 40 assists.
5. Jason Morgan-2006 Morgans stay was also brief playing only 7 games with one goal and one assist.
6. Bryan Bickell-2007-2008 Bickell broke in with the Hawks wearing #38 before changing to his familiar #29. While wearing #38 he played in 7 games during two season picking up 2 goals.
7. Cristobal Huet-Huet played two seasons with the Hawks his first wearing #38. In the 2008-2009 season Huet went 20-15-4 with 2.53 Goals Against Average in a back up role.
There you have it that’s for the number 38!! Can’t wait for opening night!
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