The Chicago Blackhawks have traded Ryan Hartman to the Nashville Predators.
The story was broken by Fox Sports Midwest’s Andy Strickland. Pierre LeBrun broke the trade itself on Twitter. The Blackhawks will deal Hartman and their fifth round pick in 2018 for Nashville’s first round and fourth round pick in 2018, along with forward prospect Victor Edjsell, who is currently playing in the SHL in Sweden.
Rumblings of the trade broke before the start of Blackhawks practice this morning. Strickland had the report on Twitter before players were on the ice.
Hartman, 23, has recorded 27 goals and 30 assists in 141 games with the Blackhawks from 2014 to 2018. The 2013 first-round pick and West Dundee, Illinois native has bounced around the lineup all season. He was benched for much of their last game against the Columvus Blue Jackets last Saturday after a high-sticking penalty that led to a power play goal by Cam Atkinson. The Blackhawks lost that game 3-2.
Hartman quickly endeared himself to Blackhawks fans for his hard playing style and his propensity to stand up for his teammates even against season players. Though still somewhat inconsistent, he has shown a scoring flair, especially when he would crash the net. He was touted at one point to be the heir apparent to Andrew Shaw, who had the same type of game, albeit more prone to needless penalties. On a personal note, my favorite Hartman moment happened this year, when he had a clean hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Rickard Rakell, and subsequently avoiding retaliatory hits from Rakell’s teammates Ryan Kesler and Francois Beauchemin, causing the two to collide with each other in open ice.
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