With being compared to Andrew Shaw and his first NHL goal, Ryan Hartman was the star of the show on Wednesday’s season opener for the Blackhawks against St. Louis. The 22-year-old winger has waited a while for his first NHL goal after playing a total of eight games with the Blackhawks over the past two seasons, spending the rest of his time playing for the AHL affiliate, the Rockford Ice Hogs.
Hartman worked hard during training camp to make it onto the roster, and the hard work paid off when he not only made the roster but scored his first goal in the season opener. As to comparisons to Andrew Shaw, who was traded to Montreal over the summer, Hartman takes the comparison as a compliment. Shaw’s departure was a big worry for the Blackhawks coming into the season, for Shaw’s gritty style of play and fearlessness on the ice is near impossible to replace. Although it may be too early to tell, Hartman may very well be the perfect addition to Chicago’s roster after Shaw’s departure.