The Philadelphia Flyers announced on Sunday the signing of goalie Carter Hart to an entry level contract. Hart, 18, was selected 48th overall by the Flyers in the 2016 NHL entry draft.
Hart was named CHL Goaltender of the Year last season posting a 35-23-4 record, 2.14 goals against average, and a .918 save percentage with the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League. He joins the now impressive collection of goaltending prospects that the Flyers boast in their organization. Among others like Anthony Stolarz and Alex Lyon, Hart might have the highest upside of any goalie in the Flyers’ system.
“We wouldn’t have picked a guy in the second round if we didn’t think he had a chance to be a No. 1 goalie,” Hextall said at the team’s development camp in July. Hart was the first goalie selected in the 2016 entry draft.
Only listed a 6’1″, Hart does not follow the mold of modern goalies being large in stature. But he is calm and has sound positioning in net. He was ranked by NHL Central Scouting as the second best North American goalie in the 2016 draft. Hart will likely remain with the Everett Silvertips for another season, being too young to play in the AHL for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
Speaking of those Phantoms, the Flyers also announced more training camp cuts on Sunday. Defenseman Travis Sanheim was sent to the Phantoms and fellow blue-liner Philippe Myers was returned to Rouyan-Noranda of the Quebec Major Junior League. Sanheim appeared in four games at the end of last season for the Phantoms, registering a goal in two assists. He will step into a larger role during a full season with Lehigh Valley this year. Myers will return to his junior team which made an appearance in the Memorial Cup last year.
Myers and Sanheim are both young defensemen with areas to improve their game. Other prospects are still at camp, however, and making the Flyers give them serious consideration for a roster spot. Forward Travis Konecney and defenseman Ivan Provorov have both been solid at camp and during preseason action. Provorov has consistently logged over 20 minutes every night, and Konecney has seen time on the first power-play unit.
“Those guys [Provorov and Konecney] have done a good job throughout camp,” Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol said. “They, along with a lot of others in that room, have pushed the envelope and are doing their job and making decisions difficult.”
The two youngsters will have three more chances to prove that they belong. The Flyers play the Rangers on Monday and Thursday, and finish their preseason schedule on Saturday versus the Bruins. The team begins the regular season on the road October 13th against the Los Angeles Kings.