By: Mark Lester (@futureofphilly)
The annual World Junior Summer Showcase, held in Plymouth, Michigan, is one way teams prepare for the always-thrilling World Junior Championship in December. This year, the Philadelphia Flyers had two prospects participating in the summer camp: Swedish defenceman Linus Hogberg and Canadian goaltender Carter Hart. Nolan Patrick, the Flyers’ second overall pick, was invited to the event but did not participate due to injury.
Hogberg, snagged in the fifth round of the 2016 NHL Draft, is a left-handed blueliner who turned heads at Flyers development camp, scoring three goals in the compelling three-on-three tournament. At the Summer Showcase, he manned the top-pair alongside Toronto Maple Leafs’ 2017 first-round pick Timothy Liljegren.
The Stockholm-native boasted his cannon of a slap shot by scoring his only goal of the tournament.
— Anton Johansson (@antonj85) July 30, 2017
Hogberg also collected an assist in a 7-4 loss against Canada.
Flyers prospect, Linus Hogberg picked up an assist against Team Canada in the WJC Summer Showcase today. pic.twitter.com/ZeuZSMuUjt
— Broad Street Hockey (@BroadStHockey) August 4, 2017
The eighteen-year-old finished the tournament with three points (1 goal & 2 assists) in four games.
Hogberg seems like a lock for Team Sweden at the 2018 World Juniors barring injury. The 6-foot-1 defenceman already has professional experience under his belt in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). Hogberg will attempt to get more ice time with his SHL team, the Växjö Lakers, this upcoming season.
Carter Hart, who many presume to be the ‘goalie of the future,’ also impressed in his limited playing time at the Summer Showcase.
In his first game, Hart stopped all 19 shots he faced before being replaced by Michael DiPietro after approximately 34 minutes of action. The second round pick of the Flyers denied 5-foot-3 American forward Sean Dhooghe on this breakaway attempt:
— Anton Johansson (@antonj85) August 1, 2017
Hart saw just over 28 minutes of playing time in a match against Sweden, where he turned aside 12 of 14 shots.
Hart struggled in his final game against Team USA. The Flyers’ prospect gave up four goals on 14 shots. He wrapped up the Summer Showcase stopping 41 of 47 shots (.872 save percentage) in just over 92 minutes of action.
After cracking the World Junior roster in 2017, Hart is expected to be Team Canada’s starter at the 2018 World Juniors in December. The 6-foot-2 netminder has one more year of junior eligibility left, and in all likelihood will return to the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League for the 2017-18 campaign.
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