By Aj Maiorana (@ExtraSauce_)
The last few days, Flyers fans have been riding the wave of excitement over getting the 2nd overall draft pick and one of Nolan Patrick or Nico Hischier, so much so that the prospects we already have waiting have taken a bit of a back seat. But the future is still as bright as ever for the Flyers pipeline even without the #2 pick.
For the second year in a row, Carter Hart has been awarded the WHL goaltender of the year award. Hart is just the fourth goalie in WHL history to win the award in back-to-back years. Hart ended the season with a 4-6 playoff record and joined the Phantoms after the Silvertips season ended. Hart didn’t get to play with the Phantoms before their Calder Cup run ended, but he probably should have.
Our goalie > your goalie
— Everett Silvertips (@WHLsilvertips) May 3, 2017
His most impressive performance this season was a 64-save playoff game that went into five overtimes. The Silvertips won that game.
Oskar Lindblom is the prospect most likely to join the Flyers next season. The 20-year-old forward has improved an immense amount over the past few seasons and had a strong season in the Swedish Hockey League which is considered by some to be a better league than the KHL. “It’s just a shame for Swedish hockey that we will not get to see him next season,” Lindblom’s coach Thomas Berglund said about Lindblom coming over to the NHL next season.
Oskar Lindblom has 14 points in 17 SHL playoff games.
61 points in 69 games (nice) with regular season & playoffs combined. #Flyers
— Flyers Prospects (@futureofphilly) April 23, 2017
On Wednesday, Lindblom was named the top forward of the 2016-17 season. The Flyers don’t have many elite forward prospects, and Oskar Lindblom is a huge bright spot for the future. He’s already playing at a higher level in the SHL and could be a top-six addition next season. His 22 goals and 25 assists this season were second in the SHL in goals and eighth in assists.