The 2013 NHL Entry Draft is less than two months away. As we inch closer and closer to this year’s draft, I’ll continue to plug away and post as many scouting reports on the top draft eligible players from the Ontario Hockey League as I can.
Without further ado, here is my scouting report on 2013 draft eligible forward Ryan Hartman of the Plymouth Whalers.
Ryan Hartman Age – 18 Position – Center/Left Wing Height – 5′ 11″ Weight – 190 Draft Projection: 20-25th overall OHL Team: Plymouth Whalers 2013 Regular Season Stats: 23 goals, 37 assists, 60 points, +29, 120PIM, 56 games played 2013 Playoff Stats: four goals, two assists, six points, 16PIM, nine games played NHL Comparable(s) – Scott Laughton, Ryan Callahan
Upside – 7.5/10
Strengths – Ryan Hartman is an in your face forward who never takes a shift off. He’s not the biggest of players in terms of size, but he has the heart of a lion and won’t back down from anyone. He’s versatile as he can play the wing and is also a good centerman. Hartman can play in all situations and will not only shut down the opposition’s top players, but he can also produce offense against them, too. He is a solid skater, is very smart and his hockey IQ is through the roof. He plays as hard in the defensive zone as he does in the offensive zone, always finishes his checks, isn’t afraid to drop the mitts and will do whatever it takes to win. Hartman has a solid shot, sees the ice pretty well and overall is one of the more complete players in this year’s draft class.
Weaknesses – As much as I love Hartman’s game, he’s not a dynamic offensive player. He has ability to produce, but in a secondary role. His skating ability could use a little bit of work and at times he loses composure and takes bad penalties, as well.
Career Projection – Given Hartman’s above average skill set and ability to play a strong two-way game, I project Hartman as a second line center. Hartman should be no less than a third line center if his offense doesn’t translate to the NHL level and in my opinion he is one of the safer bets in this draft class.
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