2013 – Ryan Hartman – 30th Overall
Ryan Hartman was finally hitting his stride with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2017. After getting drafted with the Blackhawks first-round pick in 2013, the team had an opportunity to start using Hartman in 2016.
He broke into the NHL after just playing 8 games on the top level. Dubbed the next Andrew Shaw, Hartman played a physical brand of hockey, without having too big of a frame. In my opinion, he was the right pick for the Blackhawk at the position they were drafting, ad he shows how the draft can add depth to a lineup.
Hartman was a player that could play up and down the lineup. That was a good and bad thing for him. He was constantly moving up and down and even spent some time on the bench for the team. All the shuffling he did throughout the year made him expendable to players that filled the roles better.
It is because of this, and how the team struggled that made a trade for Hartman seem like a good move. Chicago got to add a nice prospect and a first-round draft pick for Ryan Hartman. This trade even was against a division rival in the Nashville Predators.
Trading this former first-round pick was a great move by the team, and it allowed for them to add some wonderful assets that might still factor into the lineup someday. Hartman and the next player on this list show that Stan Bowman is capable of drafting some talented players even without a first overall pick.