With the final pick of the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft, the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks selected forward Ryan Hartman from suburban West Dundee and the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL.
Hartman had 23 goals, 37 assists, 120 penalty minutes and was plus-29 in 56 games with Plymouth in 2012-13. He is listed at 5-11 and 185 pounds. He won gold with Team USA at the 2012 Under-18 World Championship and the 2013 World Junior Championship.
From TSN’s Craig Button: “Ryan is a very versatile player who can play wing or centre. He knows how to play but one way; whatever it takes to win! He competes, has an edge, can be chippy and dirty but he plays within the confines of discipline. He will target ‘key’ players on the opposition side. He’s smart with the puck and can make very good plays and has confidence with the puck. He will drive net with and without puck and he pays a price to play. Good skater who has very good ‘game awareness’ as to what needs to happen to help his team win. Overall, a player who is no fun to play against!”
In his NHL.com bio, Hartman listed the Blackhawks as his favorite team and Jonathan Toews as his favorite player.