By John Vogl
Position: Right wing
Junior team: Plymouth (OHL)
Born: Hilton Head, S.C.
Measurables: 5-foot-11, 185 pounds
2012-13 stats: 56 games, 23 goals, 37 assists, 60 points
Central Scouting rank: No. 16
Lowdown: Many people speak highly of Hartman, but few are his opponents. He can be likened to the Sabres’ Patrick Kaleta. He’s an agitator of the highest degree who loves the sound and feel of a big hit. He finished second on Plymouth with six fighting majors and led the team with 120 penalty minutes. Skirmishes after the whistle were as frequent as the verbal barbs Hartman lobbed at his foes.
Hartman helped the United States win gold at the world junior tournament. While skating in the role of shutdown forward, he put up two goals and three points in seven games. He finished second on Plymouth in points and assists. The former member of the U.S. National Team Development Program brings a solid work ethic and rarely takes shifts off.
Hartman probably will not develop into a top-line scorer, but he can bring the intangibles and attitude that teams embrace. He had shoulder surgery after the season and will be sidelined until August.
He said it: "Lots of teams show interest, some teams don't. It's exciting to think about. It's going to be where you're playing for the rest of your life, maybe.” – Hartman, about the draft, to NHL.com.
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