Name: Scott Hartnell, #43
Birthplace: Regina, Saskatchewan
Age: 34, born 4/18/82
Height/Weight: 6 ft 2 in/ 214 lbs
What he has going for him:
Scott Hartnell is the definition of a hockey player in my book. He has only missed 12 games over the last three seasons, used to one of the best mullets in hockey, gets under the skin of almost every team he plays, and brings a veteran locker room presence to a young team that sorely needs it. He lead the CBJ in power play goals last year (10)and tied with Boone Jenner for third in points (49) on the team. I had not intended to do a profile for Hartsy as I was wholly convinced he was going to be traded after it was reported that he had provided an approved trade list at the management’s request. I for one am excited he will be back and take it as a vote of confidence that he believes this team has what it takes to reach the playoffs.
What he has going against him:
While I adore his pick-at-you style, last year Hartnell’s penalty minutes became a liability (110). So much so, that he was a healthy scratch at one point as punishment from coach Tortorella. I know that our season was in the bag well before the midway point, but my other dig on Hartnell is that he clearly took time off plays while on the ice (though as noted above, he came alive on power plays). I am hoping that was a result of a poor season and not a sign of diminished conditioning due to age.
Prediction for this season:
Hartnell gets goals in two ways: streaks and grinding away in the center. I don’t think that changes this year. On a team that I think will be drastically improved from last year, I think Hartnell has another solid year on the wing for the Jackets.
’16-’17 Jackets Rant stat line prediction: Goals: 28, Assists: 31, Total Points: 59