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Flyers' turmoil won't hinder Carter Hart's development

Flyers' turmoil won't hinder Carter Hart's development
Published On: Thu, Jan 10
December 27, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers Claude Giroux (28) controls the puck against Anaheim Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen (45) during the first period at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

For a lot of 20-year-olds, the environment would eat them up.

Carter Hart isn't your average 20-year-old.

He's precocious and together. He's different, the exact reason why he's here already and performing for the Flyers.

So why worry and send him away?

The Flyers are losing at a perturbing clip with performances that aren't exactly conducive for goalie success. A winless skid has ballooned to eight games, patience is being tested and frustrations are growing, possibly boiling into more drastic changeA (see story).

With the Feb. 25 trade deadline getting closer and closer, the Flyers entered Wednesday 30th among 31 NHL teams at 15-22-6 and 36 points. The club is allowing the league's second-most goals per game (3.63), owns a minus-37 goal differential and has been outscored 96-61 since Nov. 13, a stretch in which the Flyers are 6-15-5.

But Hart is the one who actually breathed some life into the Flyers. The team has won consecutive games just once since Nov. 13 and it happened in Hart's first and second career starts. His record is starting to take a hit at 2-4-1 as the Flyers haven't helped him much offensively, but he has played well enough in all but one game.

If his play has been fine, then the concern is the other factors a€” losing, frustration, etc. a€” possibly becoming a detriment to the development of Hart, deemed the franchise's future in net.

During a May 2018 phone interview with NBC Sports Philadelphia, Garry Davidson, the general manager of Hart's junior team the Everett Silvertips, described Hart in a way perfectly applicable to the current situation.

Read the complete news article here...


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