The Philadelphia Flyers have signed goaltender Carter Hart to an entry-level contract, according to general manager Ron Hextall.
Hart, 18 (8/13/1998), was drafted by the Flyers in the second round (48th overall) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft and was the first goaltender to be selected in the draft.
A native of Sherwood Park, Alberta, Hart appeared in a rookie game for the Flyers back on September 21. Hart completed the shutout after taking over for Alex Lyon midway through the second period, making 11 saves.
Hart is entering his third season with the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League. In 2015-16, he was named the Canadian Hockey League goaltender of the year after posting a 35-23-4 record, a 2.14 GAA and a .918 save percentage in 63 regular season games. His GAA and his six shutouts ranked second among all WHL goaltenders.
An eighth-round selection (158th overall) by Everett in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, Hart posted the top goals-against average in the WHL as a rookie in 2014-15 (2.29). Hart also helped Team Canada to a gold medal at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial, posting a 1.50 GAA over his two starts, both wins.
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