In the Hart of it all
One player I am excited to see in a Nashville Predators’ sweater for a full season is Ryan Hartman. He is gritty, willing to skate the full length of the ice to disrupt a play. He challenges pucks, gives up the body, and forces his way in front of the net. Hartman is the annoying little brother on the Predators roster.
Do we really know what to expect for Hartman? The young forward only appeared in 21 games for Nashville during the regular season, earning six total points. Yet, for the second straight season, Hartman earned 31 total points. At 23-years-old, Hartman is still learning and growing as a player. He scored 19 goals in 2016-17 while in Chicago, and there are reasons to think he can in Nashville.
If you look at Hartman’s stats during his time with the Blackhawks, he averaged a CorsiFor of 54% and was deployed in the offensive zone almost 60% of the time. In Nashville, those numbers dropped to 49.7% and 45.8%, respectively.
If used correctly, Hartman could achieve 40 points next season. Of course, staying out of the penalty box will help as well.