With the 27th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Fansided Mock Draft, the Columbus Blue Jackets select winger Ryan Hartman from the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL.
I don’t know if you remember Hartman from the World Junior Championship this past year but he was probably the hardest working guy out on the ice. This kid puts in 100% every single shift, and never quits. Playing the role of a power forward at 5’11″, 190 lbs is no easy task, but Hartman seems to make it look simple. He is aggressive, and physical when needed, and goes hard to every puck.
CBJ Today’s Draft Profile had this to say about Hartman and his abilities;
Hartman’s greatest strength is his two-way ability. He has quick acceleration and good top-end speed that helps him scale the ice at an impressive pace. His lateral agility and edgework are excellent, which allow him to avoid checks and make plays in the offensive zone. With his balance and skating strength, Hartman is dangerous with the puck and makes it hard for players to take the puck off his stick.
Not only can Hartman play fast and physical but he can also produce points. In the 2012-13 season for the Plymouth Whalers he scored 23 goals, added 37 assists, for a total of 60 points.
With the majority of his points over the past two seasons coming from assists, it’s not hard to see that Hartman is a solid playmaker. His vision and passing skills, along with what scouts see as keen hockey sense, allow him to make smart plays that set up his teammates from all forward positions. He has an ability to make chances out of nothing, often finding openings when they don’t seem to exist.
Hartman would be a huge asset to the Columbus Blue Jackets and would fit into the line-up very nicely. What team doesn’t want a physical player that can play defense, make plays in the offensive zone, and never quits.
Check out our progression so far in the 2013 NHL Fansided Mock Draft