If you aren’t sold on the Brian Elliott/ Michal Neuvirth tandem in the Philadelphia Flyers’ net, you may want to make yourself aware of goaltending prospect Carter Hart.
The 19-year-old is putting together another impressive season with the Everett Silvertips of the WHL. Hart was the Flyers’ 48th overall selection in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft and he’s been turning heads in junior ever since. The WHL announced today that Hart has been named the WHL Goaltender of the Month for November 2017.
He compiled a 7-2-0-1 record, 1.29 goals against average, .960 SV% and three shutouts in November, stopping 313 of the 326 shots in 602:47 of action. Hart was twice named the WHL Goaltender of the Week in the month, becoming the first WHL player to earn one of the league’s weekly honours in back-to-back weeks. He was also recently named as the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week.
The awards keep piling up for the youngster and the hockey world is taking notice. In fact, Hart will be center-stage at the 2017 World Junior Championships this season. Hart was Team Canada’s starting goaltender in its 5-4 shootout loss to the United States in last year’s gold-medal game and is expect to begin this tournament as the team’s starting netminder once again.
Hart will be looking for redemption after a crushing loss that showcased just how much the tournament means to these young players.
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) January 6, 2017
Carter Hart Interview. my heart broke into a million pieces pic.twitter.com/H79DYMLnZD
— rere (@morielIy) January 6, 2017
Hart is somehow managing to have an even better start this year after leading the WHL last season with 32 wins, a 1.99 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage. His impressive play took the Silvertips to the Western Conference semifinals and earned him the WHL goaltender of the year honours.
Hart currently leads the WHL in goals against average (1.63) and SV% (.951). He’s tied for 12th in the league with eight wins and is tied for the league lead with three shutouts this season.
Here’s a look at his incredible month of November.
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The future of goaltending in Philadelphia certainly looks bright.