Philadelphia Flyers’ goalie prospect Carter Hart has hit an obstacle in his development.
According to Jesse Geleynse of the Everett Harold, Hart tested positive for mononucleosis on October 2nd. The major symptoms of mono normally last up to two to four weeks, and it can take upwards of a month to fully recover. Fortunately, it is not something that generally affects players long-term.
Dennis Williams, head coach of the Everett Silvertips stated that “it’s a good thing they were able to diagnose what it was and get him ready to go.”
The illness is not uncommon when it comes to young prospects. In fact, Flyers forward Sean Couturier dealt mono in his draft year. Toronto Maple Leafs 2017 first-round pick Timothy Liljegren saw his draft stock plummet as he struggled with mono early in the year.
Hart will likely miss more than a month, which could potentially threaten his chance to represent Team Canada at the 2018 World Junior Championship in December.
It will be interesting to see when and how Hart bounces back once he returns to game action.
Quick Prospect Updates
– German Rubtsov finally got his QMJHL season underway this past weekend after resolving paperwork issues. He tallied three points in his first two games, but was held pointless in a 4-3 loss to Sherbrooke on Tuesday.
– It’s been a quiet week for Morgan Frost. He has failed to get on the scoresheet in his last two games and has five points in seven games so far this season.
– After scoring 37 goals last season, Connor Bunnaman has struggled out of the gate, recording just two points in his first six OHL games.
– 2016 sixth round pick Anthony Salinitri is off to a blazing start to his season. He has registered eight points in his first seven contests.
– 2017 draft picks Matthew Strome and Maksim Sushko are both currently out with undisclosed injuries. They have both missed their respective teams’ last two games.
– After being returned to junior from Lehigh Valley Phantoms training camp last week, Carsen Twarynski has been tearing it up for the Kelowna Rockets. He has six points in three games so far, including a three point performance in his last outing against Prince George.
– Wade Allison racked up three points in his season debut for Western Michigan. He notched an assist on an empty-net goal on Tuesday. Allison has four points in three games overall this season.
– 2013 fifth round selection Terrance Amorosa is off to an excellent start. The 22-year old blueliner recorded four assists in his first two games for Clarkson University. The Flyers have until August 15th, 2018 to sign Amorosa or he becomes an unrestricted free agent.
– David Kaše is tied for his team-lead in points with six in seven games. He has been dynamite early on for Mora IK, who are expected to be one of the bottom feeders in the SHL.
– Felix Sandström stopped 32 of 35 shots on Tuesday in a 3-2 loss in Champions Hockey League action. He has posted a 2.02 goals-against-average and a .927 save percentage in four SHL games this season for Brynäs IF.
– Kirill Ustimenko posted a 17-save shutout on Tuesday for MHK Dinamo St. Petersburg of the MHL. The Belarus native has posted stellar numbers thus far: 1.68 goals-against average, .919 save percentage, along with three shutouts in ten MHL contests.
– Mike Vecchione registered two assists and owns a +6 rating in two AHL games this season. The Lehigh Valley Phantoms currently own a 1-0-1 record.