In 2018-19, Carter Hart proved himself at the NHL level, providing relevancy to a season that desperately needed it.
In 2019-20, he has established himself as a No. 1 goalie and solidified his status as the Flyers' future between the pipes.
All by the age of 21 years old. Not bad.
This season, Hart sports the NHL's eighth-best goals-against average at 2.42, better than guys like Andrei Vasilevskiy (2.56) and Jordan Binnington (2.56).
At 24-13-3, he owns more victories than guys like Sergei Bobrovsky (23) and Ben Bishop (21).
And in Philly, he has been the Flyers' top ticket seller, going 20-3-2 with a 1.63 goals-against average and .943 save percentage at home.
On Wednesday, the NHL on NBC Sports Twitter account put Hart in some good company, raising a fun question.
You need ONE SAVE to win the Stanley Cup.— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) April 8, 2020
Which goalie are you picking?! 🏆 pic.twitter.com/kL23btiSI1
Given his age and play this season, Hart deserves to be mentioned among the better goalies in the league. Something he has yet to do compared to the other three goalies? Take the net in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
He's got time.
"I was definitely excited to play a playoff game hopefully this year," Hart said Thursday on a conference call. "It’s every kid’s dream to play in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Hopefully we get that chance still coming up, depending on the circumstances here."
Hart's development has helped make 2019-20 a fun season for the Flyers. As the coronavirus outbreak has put the NHL season on pause, Flyers teammates have missed each other's company.
"We’ve all been pretty good at staying in touch," Hart said. "Our group chat has been kind of blowing up. I think we’ve done a good job, all of us, of staying in touch. We’ve had a couple group FaceTime calls with each other. Playing some video games online with each other. We’ve got a really tight group here."
They also have a goalie putting himself in good company.
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