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Prospect Need to Know: Carter Hart is back, baby

The Philadelphia Flyers prospect stood tall for Team WHL against Russia. Find out who else is hot in the development world in our weekly wrap

So far with this feature, I’ve focused on one player per development league (or conference, for the NCAA). But since the WHL got first cracks in the CHL-Russia series, I’m at least going to focus on ‘The Dub’ right here. My big observation? The coaching staff reunited the line of Kole Lind (VAN), Cody Glass (VGK) and Michael Rasmussen (DET). Those three originally played together at the 2017 CHL Top Prospects Game and their chemistry was instantaneous. Lind did the most damage in the 7-0 opener against Russia, with two goals and three points, continuing the great offensive play he has demonstrated with the Kelowna Rockets. Let’s take a look at who else is killin’ it in the prospect world.

Carter Hart, G, Everett Silvertips (WHL) – Don’t let the low, 20-shot count fool you; Hart put in work against the Russians for Team WHL in the opener. What’s most important however, is that the Philadelphia Flyers prospect came out strong, despite only recently returning to the Tips lineup after a bout of mononucleosis. NHL arrival: 2020-21

Andrew Mangiapane, LW, Stockton Heat (AHL) – Mangiapane has always had to prove himself. He was passed over in the draft before the Calgary Flames grabbed him with a sixth-round pick in 2015 and size was a big factor: he was listed as 5-foot-10, 170 pounds at the time. The offensive skills were never in doubt, but could he produce in the pros? Sounds like he can. The left winger is up to 190 pounds and his 16 points through 11 games makes the second-year pro one of the AHL’s leaders. NHL arrival: 2018-19

Ostap Safin, RW, Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) – It hasn’t been a banner year for the Sea Dogs, but Safin has been shining. The big, physical and talented Edmonton Oilers pick has seven points in his past four games, leading the team in points (23) and shots (74) through 20 games. NHL arrival: 2019-20

Reilly Walsh, D, Harvard University Crimson (ECAC) – The conference rookie of the week, Walsh had three points in his past two games. The New Jersey Devils pick has already ingratiated himself on the Harvard power play and his skill level makes him one to watch in the future as he gets stronger. NHL arrival: 2021-22

Adam Gaudette, C, Northeastern University Huskies (Hockey East) – This is, perhaps the most intriguing Huskies edition I can remember and Gaudette is one of the prime reasons (alongside linemate Dylan Sikura and freshman Zach Solow, to name a couple). The Vancouver Canucks pick is one of the top scorers in the conference with 13 points through eight games, using his strength, speed and 200-foot game to make things happen. NHL arrival: 2019-20

Jack Hughes, C, U.S. NTDP (USHL) – Sorry, but I see another Patrick Kane when I watch Hughes. Smallish frame, great speed and inane amounts of skill make Hughes a similar dynamo out there and he is currently torturing the opposition for Team USA at the World Under-17 Challenge in British Columbia. In USHL play, he has 10 points in four games – stunning for a 16-year-old who can’t be drafted until 2019. NHL arrival: 2019-20

Henrik Borgstrom, C, University of Denver Pioneers (NCHC) – The top goal-scorer in the conference with nine tallies in seven games, Borgstrom is playing on a different line than Troy Terry and Dylan Gambrell, giving the Pios nice options up front. The Florida Panthers pick has the hands and creativity to lift folks out of their seats and he’ll be a pro very soon. NHL arrival: 2019-20

Lukas Elvenes, LW, IK Oskarshamn (Swe.) – Playing on the wing with his older brother Ludvig in Sweden’s second-best circuit, Elvenes has been lightning for his squad. The Vegas Golden Knights prospect leads all junior-aged scorers with 16 points in 15 games, using his strength and great playmaking skills to put up numbers. NHL arrival: 2021-22

Jeremy Helvig, G, Kingston Frontenacs (OHL) – Due to Carolina’s goalie pipeline glut, Helvig was sent back to junior for one more season by the Hurricanes. That was great news for the Frontenacs, who have enjoyed the benefits of having a big, veteran goalie once again. Helvig is hot right now, giving up just one goal in each of his past three games. NHL arrival: 2021-22

Jack McBain, C, Toronto Jr. Canadiens (OJHL) – In a 2018 draft class that doesn’t seem to be thick with centers, McBain brings a ton of potential. The Boston College commit is big, fast and has great skills, propelling him to 27 points in 23 games to lead his Ontario Jr. A team. NHL arrival: 2020-21



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