He’s back again.
Philadelphia Flyers top goalie prospect Carter Hart has been added to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms for the second-straight year. Last season he joined them for the end of their short playoff run, and he is doing the same this season.
Hart’s final junior season came to an end last week in the WHL Finals. He put up historic numbers in his final season. He compiled a 31-6-1-3 record this season with a .947 save percentage and 1.60 goals against average. He had seven shutouts as well, giving him more shutouts (7) than regulation losses (6) in the regular season. His numbers have gotten better over the years. His save percentages in his four junior seasons were .915, .918, .927, and .947. His goals against averages have improved as well: 2.29, 2.14, 1.99, and 1.60.
Hart won the Del Wilson Memorial Trophy (WHL Goaltender of the Year) for the third-straight season, and now he’s turning pro.
The 19-year old netminder is one of the best goalie prospects in hockey and backstopped Canada to a gold medal at this year’s World Junior Championships. He will once again join the Phantoms to gain some experience in a playoff atmosphere and hang around the team.
Hart won’t see any game action in these playoffs, but he is now in his new home. He will most likely spend next season in the AHL with the Phantoms, with his end goal of becoming the Flyers goaltender coming closer by the day.
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