The Chicago Blackhawks have welcomed a decent amount of fresh young faces to their roster this season. Most of the time, unless the player is a world-renowned talent, we as fans and critics alike tend cast these players aside.
That being said, the Hawks notably agreed to terms with forward Ryan Hartman on Monday. Hartman, 19, was a first-round selection (30th overall) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft on a three-year contract.
Why is this of significance? Well, not only will the Hawks be welcoming a new forward into the mix at some point, but the young player has been doing great things this season. Hartman has been playing for the Plymouth Whalers in the OHL. He has recorded 21 points this season, which includes 10 goals and 11 assists.
The young hockey player clearly has talent which no team should ever turn away. Hartman was a great choice and will do impressive things with the team once he gets a chance to get out on the ice.
The Blackhawks continue to have a reputation of being a relatively young team. This is why the presence of Nikolai Khabibulin was ill-fitting to say the least. The Blackhawks continue to sign young talent. Many people doubt young guns, and its not hard to understand why. Young athletes can be unpredictable and egotistical.
Hockey players are almost always a different story. They may have their moments, but many of these players have spent time out on the ice with guys who have been skating for years. They go through farm teams and play internationally. They are incredibly powerful athletes by the time normal kids are just graduating high school.
It remains important for the Blackhawks to continue acquiring young talent, and to keep their farm teams stocked with players who can work together and contribute to the depth of the Blackhawks organization. Hartman is an important acquisition for the Blackhawks, and will have the opportunity to prove himself, especially if the recent injuries sustained by the team become any more severe.