Hartman persevered in unlucky season of injuries

Wednesday, 05.29.2013 / 6:00 PM
By Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor / CBJ Today



TORONTO --
Ryan Hartman is right-handed, but that arm hasn't done much for him this season.

The Plymouth Whalers forward sustained a nasty skate cut to his right wrist during an Ontario Hockey League playoff game April 9 that needed surgery to repair and sidelined him for two weeks.

That came after he sustained a torn labrum in his right shoulder in late December, an injury he was able to play through. He finally had surgery two weeks ago.

Despite the injury, Hartman had 23 goals and 60 points in 56 regular-season games and four goals and two assists in nine playoff games. He also had two goals in seven games to help the United States win the gold medal at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.

"It [shoulder injury] happened the first game after Christmas in Saginaw," Hartman told NHL.com. "I was driving the net, got hit from behind, run in to the crossbar. It happened three times throughout the year. Just something … it was definitely an injury you could play with, but something I wanted to get fixed at the end of the year."

Hartman said he'll be in a bulky brace that runs the length of his arm, from wrist to shoulder, for six more weeks.

"Bad arm," Hartman told NHL.com. "Unlucky arm. And I'm a righty, too."

Hartman said he expects to be back on the ice in early August and cleared for contact before NHL training camps open in September. While he won't be able to take part in any of the fitness testing at this week's NHL Scouting Combine, NHL teams are taking full advantage of getting to know the 5-foot-11, 181-pound forward, who is No. 16 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters for the 2013 NHL Draft.

He said he has interviews scheduled with 27 teams while he's in Toronto.

"I've been busy," he said. "Lots of teams show interest, some teams don't."

With a lengthy rehabilitation ahead of him, Hartman said he's allowed himself to think about what might happen June 30, when the 2013 draft is held at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

"It's exciting to think about," he said. "It's going to be where you're playing for the rest of your life, maybe. It's your future. It's exciting to think about, but you can't really think about it too much. Whatever happens, happens."

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Johnson 2 2 1 0 3
M. Calvert 2 2 0 3 2
R. Johansen 2 1 1 -1 2
B. Dubinsky 2 0 2 0 2
D. Savard 2 0 2 1 2
B. Jenner 2 0 2 -1 2
D. MacKenzie 2 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 2 1 0 1 1
A. Anisimov 2 0 1 -1 1
C. Atkinson 2 0 1 1 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 1 1 0 .905 3.00
 
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