I can think of many reasons why Hartnell is a great player/Flyer.
I'll use the video below to get started that shows how much character Hartnell has. Since the All-Star game I've noticed opposing teams fans (even rivals) have changed their view on Hartnell, or at least moved to neutral.
What is it about Hartnell's game that makes you a fan(On or off the ice)? Have you always been a fan of Hartnell or recently changed sides?
While he's not an elite player himself, he's the perfect player to play on an elite line. He creates a lot of space, has a good shot, rushes the net a lot, etc. Well, he's elite at doing this role I guess. And he also seems to be an excellent teammate. Always liked him a lot.
In the past seasons i loved him for stepping up for his teammates and his hard nosed style game. And hated him for his too many stupid penalties...
After Laviolette is coming to town i loving him for beeing the hard working man on Brieres and Leinoīs line. After Leino is gone he is nearly not existant on the ice, because his style of play has become a lot softer (no fighting the whole season) he donīt score and he donīt make an phisical impact on the game.
That was the time when i started to think about trade him for a good return. But i ever sad that we can really need him, if he fight back to normal form!
So now he plays over his normal form i love him again!!
In the locker room and on free time meetings with the team he seems to be priceless after watching hbo 24/7
Scott Hartnell is the epitome of what a Flyer should be.....Tough, aggressive, Selfless,Strong in the corners and out front etc....And the cats even got Orange hair.....He is as old school Flyer as it gets !