Carter Hart was robbed of a full rookie season to fully strut his stuff, but he still received some recognition.
At the NHL Awards on Wednesday night, the voting for the Calder Memorial Trophy was revealed. The Calder is an annual award given “to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League.”
Vancouver Canucks forward Elias Pettersson took home the trophy, with St. Louis Blues goalie Jordan Binnington coming in second.
Philadelphia Flyers goalie Carter Hart received 18 points (one third-place vote, two fourth-place votes, seven fifth-place votes) to put him ninth in the voting.
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Hart was one of the top goalies when he was playing in 2019, but being called up midway through the season and an injury on top of that really hampered any chances he had at the Calder Trophy.
He went 16-13-1 with a .917 save percentage and 2.83 goals against average in 31 games. He won eight straight from January 14 to February 9, with a .934 save percentage in that span. From January 10 to February 17, he went 11-2-0 with a .930 save percentage.
If Hart’s first full year was the upcoming 2019-20 season, he’d have a much better chance at finishing among the top five or three, if not flat-out winning the Calder.
Hart showed flashes of brilliance this past season and there is plenty more where that came from for the Flyers netminder.