Keith Jones has seen enough to buy into Carter Hart being the answer for the Philadelphia Flyers as a No. 1 goalie for a long time.
Jones, a former NHL player and an analyst on NBC Sports' national hockey broadcasts and locally for Flyers broadcasts on NBC Sports Philadelphia, praised the 21-year-old when he joined Dan Rosen and Shawn Roarke on the NHL @TheRink podcast this week.
"He's already demonstrated in a short time that he can bounce back from a period where he's not playing as well and that happened earlier this [season]," Jones said. "He did not have his A game going. He struggled for three or four games in a row. Brian Elliott was brought in and provided outstanding goaltending, which I think obviously helps a younger netminder. It's not all on his shoulders. A healthy Elliott is helping provide some support, but Carter Hart never lets it get to him. He just continues to show he has the mental fortitude to be a No. 1 netminder in the League. He has the athletic ability to do that as well, and he reads the play, anticipates where the shot is coming from as well as any young netminder that I've watched in the game."
Jones also discussed why he thinks the Washington Capitals, who play Philadelphia at Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN), might be the best team in the NHL. In addition, he talked about why Arizona Coyotes general manager John Chayka deserved the contract extension he received Monday and the pressure on Dallas Stars forwards Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin to start producing.
Rosen and Roarke also were joined by Toronto-based NHL.com staff writer Mike Zeisberger to discuss the impact of Mitchell Marner's ankle injury on the Toronto Maple Leafs. He also went around the Atlantic Division with Rosen and Roarke, hitting on the Montreal Canadiens and Robby Fabbri's instant success with the Detroit Red Wings.
Rosen and Roarke also discussed the recently completed 2019 NHL Global Series and why it could be a turning point for the Tampa Bay Lightning, who won both games against the Buffalo Sabres in Stockholm on Friday and Saturday. They talked about the Pittsburgh Penguins, how they've coped through injuries and the challenge that awaits them with captain Sidney Crosby out of the lineup, and the reasons why the Calgary Flames are starting to turn it on.
In addition, Rosen and Roarke dove into conversations on Don Cherry's divisive comments and his departure from "Hockey Night in Canada," the upcoming Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony for the Class of 2019 and who could be in the Class of 2020.
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