Monday, February 26, 2018

NHL trade review: Hartman to Preds



              In a surprisingly big deal, the Nashville Predators acquired forward Ryan Hartman and a 2018 5th round draft pick for a 2018 1st, a 2018 4th and prospect Victor Edjsell.

              The Preds are in a must win situation, and I guess this will fit the bill. Hartman is a young winger who can score, and played alongside Jonathan Toews, but I'm not sure this is a good deal for them. A 1st and a prospect is a little too much for him.

               Hartman, 23, has scored eight goals and 17 assists for 25 points in 57 games for the Hawks this year. In his NHL career, all in Chicago, Hartman has scored 27 goals and 30 assists for 57 points in 141 games.

                For the Hawks, they are actually sellers this year, and Hartman is a good place to start, especially when that's your return. Edjsell, a Swedish prospect, has some potential.

               Edjsell, 22, has scored 17 goals and 13 assists for 30 points in 44 games for HV71 Jonkoping of the Swedish league this year.

               I think the Hawks win this deal. While Hartman is a good player, and would be worth Edjsell straight up, adding in a 1st doesn't make too much sense. The Preds must think very highly of Hartman, though.

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