NHL Trade Rumors: Blackhawks make Ryan Hartman available, at a steep price

The price is high for Chicago Blackhawks forward Ryan Hartman. Probably a little too high.

The Chicago Blackhawks are lower in the standings than anyone could have predicted at this point in the season. With the trade deadline looming, they are looking offload one of their young players. Ryan Hartman is available. But the cost is high.

Ryan Hartman, 23, has suited up for 57 games for the Blackhawks this season. He had 25 points in those contests, including eight goals. He scored 19 goals in 76 games for the Blackhawks last season.

Chicago was certainly hoping that he would be a player who would take the next step, but it hasn’t quite worked out that way. It’s not totally his fault, as plenty of Chicago players are underperforming this season. Despite his scoring numbers being down, his possession numbers are strong. He has a 54.2 Corsi percentage.

The Blackhawks currently sit last in the tough Central division with 62 points. The playoffs are a long shot, not only due to the point differential but due to the number of teams they have to leap.

“A first-round pick plus something” is a lot to give up for the 23-year-old. It could be an indication that Hartman isn’t actually available. It’s possible that the Blackhawks are floating this out there in hopes that teams come back with at least a second round pick.

If they are truly seeking a first-round pick and something else, chances are Hartman will remain in Chicago.