Scott Hartnell jumped straight from a No. 1 draft choice to the pros with the Nashville Predators.
Hartnell is being dubbed as a main block that the Preds plan to build a playoff team around. Hartnell, who stands 6’3 and weighs in at 192 pounds, is a likely future captain of the Predators. He has the size, speed, quickness, and agility to make it in the National Hockey League. But, on top of all of that he has a good head on his shoulders.
The Preds originally drafted Hartnell because everyone spoke so highly of his leadership qualities and his work ethic. The Preds have found a gem in this young man.
The amazing thing about Scott Hartnell is the fact that he is only 19, yet reads the ice and responds to the play in a veteran manner. Hartnell has already established his presence physically, fighting (and often times loosing) to much more experienced opponents.
Tonight Hartnell scored his fourth goal of the season and added two assists, as well. Last season he scored two goals the whole year, so it is becoming more and more evident that he will be an offensive force in this league.
It will be exciting to watch Hartnell (19), Legwand (21), Erat (20) and others mature and grow into very good hockey players.
The Milwaukee Admirals won their last game this past week with an exciting 3-2 overtime win. The game-winner came from Kevin Dean with nine seconds left in overtime. Defensemen Timo Helbling and Rich Brennan scored the other two goals. The Admirals record now stands at 4 wins, 7 losses owning last place in the West Division of the Western Conference of the AHL.
Andy “Bubba” Berenzweig scored his first NHL goal last week. The 6’0 defensemen is 23 years old and has played 12 career games with the Predators.