Preds Acquire Forward Ryan Hartman from Chicago

Ryan Hartman [Photo by NBC Sports Chicago]

Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the club has acquired forward Ryan Hartman and a fifth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a first-round and fourth-round pick in this year’s draft and forward Victor Ejdsell.

Hartman, 23 (9/20/94), has eight goals and 17 assists for 25 points in 57 games with the Blackhawks this season. The 6-foot, 181-pound winger has tallied five multi-point games this season and recorded a five-point game (1g-4a) in Chicago’s season-opening contest on Oct. 5. Last season – his first as a full-time NHL player – Hartman posted 31 points (19g-12a), 70 penalty minutes and four game-winning goals in 76 games for the Blackhawks. He finished the 2016-17 season with a +13 rating and fired 170 shots, the fifth-most on Blackhawks. Hartman made his NHL debut on Feb. 13, 2015, and notched his first career hat trick on Jan. 8, 2017, against the Predators.

Originally drafted by the Blackhawks in the first round (30th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft, Hartman spent two seasons with the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs, posting 79 points (31g-48a) in 139 games before jumping to the NHL. The Hilton Head Island, S.C., native competed for the Plymouth Whalers in the Ontario Hockey League from 2012-14, where he finished second on the team in scoring in his rookie season with 60 points (23g-37a) and played in the CHL’s Top Prospects Game. Prior to his time in the OHL, Hartman played for the U.S. National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich., from 2010-12. He won gold with Team USA at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Russia and 2012 Under-18 Championship in the Czech Republic.

The Predators now own five picks – including two in the fifth round – in the 2018 NHL Draft, which will be held in Dallas, Texas, on June 22-23.