Ramblings: Hart Called Up; Hakstol Fired; Dumba Injury; Disappointments – December 18

Michael Clifford

2018-12-18

 

The big news from Monday, at least from a fantasy perspective, was the decision made by Philadelphia to have Carter Hart called up. Anthony Stolarz was put on the injured reserve in response to this. Hart, a second round pick in 2016, had a .901 save percentage in 17 games this season in the AHL.

Many Flyers fans (and I’m sure dynasty fantasy owners) had been clamouring for Hart to be on the roster since basically the offseason. With all the injuries sustained by the Flyers’ goaltending this year, they were out of options.

The list of goalies to be anywhere near full-time in the NHL at the age of 20 is short. Since the turn of the century, only two (Carey Price and Steve Mason) have played at least 30 games at the age of 20 (from Hockey Reference). In fact, they are the only two goalies to play 30 games at the age of 20 in the last 30 years. Both Mason and Price fared well in their rookie seasons, which means it’s at least possible that Hart is just fine.

As for what to expect, your guess is as good as mine. Philadelphia has a very bad penalty kill but whether that was the goaltending or the penalty kill itself is unclear. All the same, goals against on the penalty kill is a good way to crush a goaltender’s ratios. If the penalty kill’s goals allowed doesn’t decline, it’ll be difficult for Hart to sustain good numbers for fantasy owners.

All the same, we’re at the point of the season where beggars can’t be choosers. There are leagues where I’ve sustained injuries in net and I ran to the waiver wire to grab Hart. A starting goalie is a starting goalie.

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In other Flyers news, after a weekend of conflicting reports, it turns out the initial report was correct and coach Dave Hakstol has been fired. You can read the fantasy take on his firing