With the 2023-24 NHL Regular season bearing down on us. The Flyers will open the season against the Columbus Blue Jackets on October 12th in Columbus. We here at EOP will spotlight a Flyers player every week. This week we will look at Carter Hart
Since the tragic death of Flyers Goalie Pelle Lindbergh back in the 80’s the Flyers have been chasing a goalie. That chase seemed to be over when the Flyers drafted Carter Hart in the 2nd round back in 2016. When Carter finally debuted in the NHL In December of 2018 the Flyers and the fan base were certain they had found their goalie after all these years.
Hart made his NHL debut in the Flyers’ 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings in the 2018-19 season and became the youngest player after Carey Price to register a win on debut. He was also named Rookie of the Month. This past season, Hart guarded the nets for the Flyers in 55 games and posted a 22-23 record with a .907 save percentage. Hart has appeared in 201 games, going 84-84 with a .906 save percentage.
Whether you want to blame a faulty defense that has played in front of Hart over the last couple of years. Whether you blame the uncertainty hanging over his head about his involvement in the Canadian Junior Team 2018 scandal. Whether you blame the injury issues he has had over the last few years. Whatever you blame Carter Hart has been in a word inconsistent.
The biggest thing these days regarding Hart is possible trade rumors. Back in the summer, Hart removed all Flyers things from all his social media. Carter Hart may be the most important part of the Flyers rebuild. If he is indeed the goalie, we all think he is then we have finally found that brick wall in the crease. If he is not, then identifying it as soon as possible and flipping him into a trade that could alter the organization’s future is paramount.
Either he is or he is not Carter Hart holds the future of the Flyers and the future of the new era of orange in his hands.
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