The future has arrived for the Philadelphia Flyers. After a season where the club saw eight different goaltenders suit up, there was one certainty…Carter Hart has it. The 20-year-old Canadian netminder stepped onto the NHL Stage in mid-December and proved to be a stabilizing force between the pipes. Hart posted a 2.83 GAA and .917% save-percentage during his rookie campaign, earning himself a 16-13-1 record. Although every rookie season has its trials and tribulations, Hart also flashed moments of brilliance en route to winning the Toyota Cup Award, given to the Flyer with the most points from being selected as a star of the game.
There is no shortage of confidence from Carter Hart's teammates when speaking of his potential. During 2019 Break Up Day, Flyers leader Sean Couturier told the media, "[Hart] definitely had an impact on our team this year. He was great. Won us some games. You just want to hope it keeps going, but let's not put too much pressure on him. He's still young, he's still learning." Nolan Patrick also echoed this sentiment, "You guys saw it. He's an unbelievable goalie...It's nice knowing we have him back there."
Video: Hart discusses his rookie season with Flyers
As for Hart, he doesn't let outside pressure and noise affect him.
This summer, Hart will spend time playing for new coach Alain Vigneault as a member of Team Canada at the IIHF World Championships. Flyers goaltender coach Kim Dillabaugh is also a member of Canada's staff and will continue to monitor Hart's progress and growth during the tourney.
Check out some of Carter Hart's top moments from the 2018-19 season below.
Video: Carter Hart's historic first NHL win as Flyers rookie
Welcome to the show.
The weather was freezing but Hart was heating up in January and February. Carter was honored with 2nd Star of the Week and Rookie of the Month honors while he was in the midst of an eight-game winning-streak (tying Jocelyn Thibault as the only two goalies with 8-game winning streaks before the age of 21) from Jan. 14 thru Feb. 9.
Man of the People
This kid gets it. Despite a bigger stage, Hart remains focused on building relationships with the Philadelphia fan base and his biggest fans.
We're gonna need a bigger boat for this star.
Hart Stopping Saves
Get used to seeing saves like this.
Sliiiiide to the left
The puck stops here.
Shutdown in the shootout
Video: TOR@PHI: Hart stops Nylander to seal shootout win
The first (of what will be many) shootout victories, Hart stopped five shots in a dramatic win over the Leafs in Philly.
For an inside look at Carter Hart's retrospective on the 2018-19 season and his adjustment to summertime in Philadelphia, tune into the season-finale of Flyers TV Originals on Saturday, May 17. The full episode will be available on PhiladelphiaFlyers.com