Blackhawks draft local winger Ryan Hartman with 30th overall pick
BY MARK LAZERUS email@example.com June 30, 2013 10:38PM
West Dundee native Ryan Hartman, who attended Fremd and now plays for the OHL’s Plymouth Whalers, went to the Hawks at No. 30 overall Sunday. | Bill Kostroun~AP
BLACKHAWKS DRAFT PICKS
1 (30) Ryan Hartman, RW 5-11 185 OHL
2* (51) Carl Dahlstrom, D 6-3 191 Sweden
3** (74) John Hayden, C 6-2 220 USHL
4*** (111) Robin Norell, D 5-11 189 Sweden
4 (121) Tyler Motte, C 5-9 190 USHL
5** (134) Luke Johnson, C 5-11 179 USHL
6 (181) Anthony Louis, C 5-6 145 USHL
7 (211) Robin Press, D 6-2 187 Sweden
* Acquired from Toronto Maple Leafs along with 117th pick and a fourth-round pick in 2014 for Dave Bolland.
** Acquired from Winnipeg Jets for Michael Frolik.
*** Acquired from San Jose Sharks along with a fifth-round pick in 2014 for the 117th pick and 151st pick.
Updated: August 2, 2013 7:39AM
NEWARK, N.J. — Ryan Hartman ‘‘grew up’’ watching Jonathan Toews. He went to Blackhawks games ‘‘all the time’’ as a kid with his grandfather and father, who was a big Eric Daze fan. He even was at the United Center for two first-round playoff games this year.
And on Sunday afternoon at the Prudential Center, he was wearing a Hawks sweater with his name on the back, his hometown team’s first-round draft pick.
‘‘It couldn’t have gone any better,’’ said Hartman, 18, the 30th and final pick of the first round.
The 5-11, 185-pound right wing, who went to Fremd High School, has lived in West Dundee since he moved from South Carolina when he was 2. He had 23 goals and 37 assists in 56 games with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League, where he’ll play again next season. He brings a physical edge to his game that he equated to that of a similarly sized player, Hawks center Andrew Shaw.
‘‘They love those type of players,’’ Hartman said of the Hawks. ‘‘I’d bring that.’’
Hartman won gold with Team USA at the 2012 Under-18 World Championship and the 2013 World Juniors. A Chicago Mission minor hockey product, he played for the U.S. Under-18 National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich., in 2011-12, posting 16 goals and 25 assists in 59 games.
The Hawks also took center John Hayden, who was born in Chicago, with their third-round pick and Winfield’s Anthony Louis, a forward, to end the sixth round.
J.T. Compher of Northbrook (Glenbrook North) was taken 35th by the Buffalo Sabres.
The top of the draft was full of surprises, including the blockbuster trade of Cory Schneider from the Vancouver Canucks to the New Jersey Devils for the ninth pick. After the Colorado Avalanche took center Nathan MacKinnon first overall, Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon shocked everybody by taking center Aleksander Barkov, projected to go later in the top 10. That allowed American defenseman Seth Jones — rated by many as the best player in the draft — to fall to the Nashville Predators at No. 4. So the Hawks can look forward to contending with a division-rival Predators team with Shea Weber and Jones on the blue line.
Only three teams from the first round of the playoffs congratulated the Hawks on their Stanley Cup championship, usually an expected formality. Those teams were the rival Vancouver Canucks, the Winnipeg Jets (whose GM, Kevin Cheveldayoff, is a former Hawks assistant GM) and the Montreal Canadiens (whose GM, Marc Bergevin, also a former Hawks assistant GM).