Garrett Haar
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Garrett Haar

Hometown:

Huntington Beach California

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1993-08-16

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2011

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

7th round (207th overall), 2011

Weight:

190 lbs.

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History

2008-09: Garrett Haar played for the LA Select U-18 squad as well as attending USA Hockey’s Select 16 camp. Haar was selected by the Fargo Force in the 18th round (228th overall) of the USHL Entry Draft.

2009-10: Haar played Tier I U-18 hockey for Kansas-based Russell Stover. Haar scored 2 goals with 34 assists in 40 regular season games as Russell Stover captured the Central championship and advanced to the Tier 1 National Tournament. In five tournament games he had three assists as the team reached the semifinals before falling to the Junior Flyers. He competed for the USA Under-17 Select squad at the Five Nations tournament in Germany. Haar committed to playing college hockey at Northeastern in 2011-12.

2010-11: Haar joined USHL Fargo and played in 51 games and scored 7 goals with 16 assists; finishing with a +9 plus/minus and 40 PMs. Haar scored 1 goal with 2 assists in five playoff games for the Force. Haar de-committed from Northeastern when Coach Greg Cronin left for a position with the Maple Leafs and he will attend Western Michigan in 2011-12. Haar was 119th among North American skaters in the final Central Scouting rankings and was selected by Washington in the 7th round (207th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.

2011-12: Haar made a smooth transition from the USHL to college hockey; skating in 36 games for Western Michigan as a freshman and being selected to the CCHA’s All-Rookie team. He scored 1 goal with 7 assists and was plus-four with 32 penalty minutes. The Broncos won the CCHA playoff championship to earn an NCAA tournament bid after finishing tied for second place during the regular season. Haar was invited to USA Hockey’s U20 Evaluation camp in Lake Placid in August, 2012.

2012-13: Haar skated in 22 games for Western Michigan in his sophomore season. He scored 3 goals with 6 assists and was -3 with 12 penalty minutes for the Broncos. Western Michigan finished tied with Minnesota-Duluth for fourth place in the inaugural season of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. The Broncos reached the semifinals of the NCHC tournament but did not receive an NCAA tournament bid after falling to North Dakota in the conference’s third-place game. Declared academically ineligible for the Fall 2013 semester, Haar announced that he would join the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks in July 2013.

2013-14: Haar was the second-leading scorer amongst defensemen for Portland in his first WHL season. He scored 7 goals with 38 assists for 45 points in 61 regular season games, trailing only Derrick Pouliot (Pittsburgh) amongst Winterhawks defensemen, and was +32 with 55 penalty minutes. Portland finished first in the U.S. Division and reached the WHL finals against Memorial Cup champion Edmonton. Haar had 3 assists and was +15 with 21 penalty minutes in 21 playoff games. He signed an AHL contract with Washington affiliate Hershey in June 2014.

Talent Analysis

Haar is a defense-first defenseman is strong both physically and on his skates. He plays the game with enthusiasm and is constantly involved with the play - both defensively and on the attack. Still fairly raw in terms of his overall tactical, positional play and he will likely require time at the minor pro level to develop the consistency and reliability necessary to one day be an NHL prospect.

Future

Haar signed an AHL contract with Washington affiliate Hershey and is skating with the ECHL's South Carolina Stingrays in 2014-15. In his first season of pro hockey, Haar has shown some promise with the Stingrays but faces long odds in a Capitals' organization that has several outstanding young prospects on defense. Haar's physical makeup and technical skills suggest he can be an effective shutdown defenseman with some offensive attributes at the NHL level one day. To reach that potential he must continue to display the discipline and work ethic needed in pro hockey.

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