2015-16 Team: Everett Silvertips (#70)
Date of birth: August 13th, 1998
Place of birth: Sherwood Park, Alberta
Ht: 6’1″ Wt: 170 lbs.
NHL Draft Eligibility: 2016 1st year eligible
THW The Next Ones Ranking (February): Unranked
- THW War Room Rankings: 40
- ISS: Unranked
- Future Considerations: Unranked
- Bob McKenzie (TSN): 35
- Craig Button (TSN): 32
- HockeyProspect.com: Unranked
- Pike’s Picks: Unranked
- Consensus: Unranked
Drafted in the eighth round of the WHL Bantam Draft by the Everett Silvertips, Hart could very well be the first North American goaltender off the board in the upcoming NHL draft. Through 61 games this season, Hart sits second in the WHL with a 2.15 goals against average and first in wins (35) and shutouts (6).
While somewhat undersized by today’s goaltending standards, Hart’s ability to control his crease is one of the biggest positives to his game. He plays with a calmness between the pipes that benefits his ability to move post to post and come up with timely saves.
Hart took the reigns during the 2014-15 season stealing the starting job from the veteran Austin Lotz. He led them through the first round of the playoffs and has since controlled the crease for the Silvertips. He has Everett locked into a playoff spot this season and knows that it will take his calm play and hard work ethic to help drive his team further into the WHL playoffs.
NHL Draft Projection:
There likely won’t be any goalies going in the first round of the NHL draft this season and with Hart looking like the top North American backstop in the draft, we could see someone land the Silvertips netminder in the top seven to ten picks of the second round.
At 6-foot-1, he’s not a monster, but he also won’t let his frame dictate his worth…Hart would like to improve on his puckhandling ability, but otherwise he has a lot of nice attributes. The youngster prides himself on his calm in the crease and he plays a reactive hybrid style.
Ryan Kennedy, The Hockey News
A tad undersized when he fell to the Tips in the eighth round of the 2013 bantam draft, the extra work with goaltending coaches made Hart already technically sound when [he] debuted with Everett for two games during the 2013-14 season.
Shane Clifford, Everett Silvertips goaltending coach
- Ability to stay calm
- Rebound control
- Quick glove hand
Under Construction (Improvements to Make):
- Size and strength
- Puck handling skills
His calmness in net is reminiscent of Carey Price and Jonathan Quick. While he’s not the biggest goalie, his athleticism and quickness makes up for what he lacks in size. If his numbers in junior – and those he put up at the Ivan Hlinka tournament – are any indication of what this kid can do, he could end up being a relatively successful NHL goalie with potential to earn a starting job.
NHL Player(s) Comparison – Braden Holtby
Risk: 2.5/5 Reward: 3.5/5
Fantasy Hockey Potential:
- 2012-2013 Alberta Cup Champion
- 2014-2015 WHL Best GAA (2.29)
- 2015-2016 Played in CHL Top Prospects Game
- 2015-2016 Hlinka Memorial Gold Medal
Shots From the Slot:
It’s clear that Hart’s calmness doesn’t just reflect his attitude on the ice, as he’s a frequent visitor of Safeco Field in Seattle. Only he isn’t sporting the home team Mariners’ colours. Instead, the young goaltender likes to represent for his favourite MLB team – the New York Yankees. But, even wearing his team’s colours in the opposing trenches doesn’t faze this young man – an quality he brings to the rink every time he steps on the ice.
THW’s The Next Ones prospect profile template design architect: Chris Ralph
Andrew is in his 8th year reporting for The Hockey Writers covering the Toronto Maple Leafs. He began his broadcasting with CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada team as well as being part of their coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. He’s the former play-by-play voice of the London Jr. Knights for Rogers TV and currently hosts the Sticks in the 6ix podcast. You can follow him on Twitter at @AndrewGForbes.