Philadelphia Flyers

Is Carter Hart the future of the Flyers?

Hart shines during junior season

Carter Hart hopes to make an impact on the Flyers next season

When looking at the history of the Philadelphia Flyers, there is always one position that never seems to have depth. Although some goaltenders have come through the organization, Carter Hart may be the answer to their prayers.

The 19-year-old Canadian goaltender shocked everyone with his play this season. Hart had a .947 save percentage for 41 games for the Everett Silvertips in the Western Hockey League. Not only that, but his goal against average was a 1.6 for the season as well.

Along with playing for the Silvertips, Hart also made an appearance for Canada at the Junior World Championships. During the tournament, he had a .930 save percentage and 1.81 goals against average.

What can Hart bring to the Flyers?

Of course, his stats say a lot about him, but there is a lot that Hart brings to the table.

Although he played at the junior level, Hart’s stats shine above that of all the Flyers’ current goalies. Brian Elliott, the goalie who started the most for the Flyers this season, only had a .909 save percentage this season.

Another aspect to Hart’s game that will benefit the Flyers is his youth. Two of the four current goaltenders on the Flyers’ roster are older than 30 years old. Although other young goalies fill the line-up, neither had a season like Hart during their time in the minors.

Hart also has a phenomenal work ethic, which shows in his stats. He continues to improve and work hard to make the jump from the WHL to the NHL in one year.

What does Hart need to do during the off-season?

Flyers fans hope to see a change in the net after having another season without a Stanley Cup. These fans hope Hart is the answer to their prayers.

The off-season will have some challenges for Hart. Although he has the necessary skills to compete, he needs to prove that during training camp in the fall.

To prove he is ready to compete, Hart will have to train hard this summer. Not only will he need to continue improving his physical game, but also his mental game.

With the top-notch training, Hart can hopefully break into the Flyers’ lineup next season. And who knows, he could just be the player the Flyers have been looking for.

Featured photo: StevenEllis546 via Flickr

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Kristen Keller

I'm Kristen Keller and I am a graduate student at Northwestern University. I love hockey, and I enjoy writing about it even more than I love watching it. When I am not writing an article about sports, you can find me bowling, playing volleyball or in the gym.

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