NHL Trade Deadline. Blackhawks send Ryan Hartman to Preds, assign Bouma
CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks announced Monday that they have traded forward Ryan Hartman to the Nashville Predators for forward Victor Ejdsell.
The Blackhawks also gave up their fifth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, but acquired Nashville’s first- and fourth-round selections.
Hartman tallied 57 points (27G, 30A) in 141 career games with the Blackhawks, spanning four seasons (2014-18). He also skated in four Stanley Cup playoff games during the 2017 postseason. The West Dundee native was Chicago’s first-round pick (30th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft.
Ejdsell, 22, has recorded 30 points (17G, 13A) in 44 games with HV71 of the Swedish Hockey League this season. His 17 goals lead the team. He will remain with the club for the remainder of the season. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the Swedish second league (Allsvenskan) and Forward of the Year after the 2016-17 campaign, leading the league in points with 57 (25G, 32A).
A native of Karlstad, Sweden, Ejdsell has tallied 19 goals and 13 assists in 65 career SHL games, spanning three seasons with Farjestad BK (2014-16) and HV (2017-18). He was the captain of Farjestad’s junior team during the 2014-15 season. The 6’5″, 214-pound center was signed by the Predators on May 15, 2017.
Chicago Forward Lance Bouma cleared waivers Monday morning and will report to the Rockford IceHogs. He’s tallied nine points (3G, 6A) in 53 games this season. He’s been credited with 132 hits.
Bouma, 27, will be in familiar company as he’ll join John Hayden, Cody Franson, Tanner Kero, and Gustav Forsling in Rockford. Each started the 2017-18 campaign with the Blackhawks.
The NHL trade deadline is today at 2 p.m., CT. R.