Joel Embiid Should be Considered an MVP Candidate
It is only January and a lot of people are talking about either James Harden or Giannis Antetokounmpo to win the MVP, but what about Joel Embiid?
The Philadelphia Flyers are in the midst of a three game losing streak. They lost to the New York Islanders at home 6-1 on Saturday afternoon. The Islanders don't have many offensive weapons on the roster and yet they scored six goals. That is an indictment on how bad the Flyers goaltending situation is right now.
Michal Neuvirth got the start on Saturday afternoon and he only made 16 saves and gave up all six goals. This was his first start of the season and this is not a good sign.
Brian Elliott's record is 2-5 with a .886 save percentage and a 3.39 GAA. Calvin Pickard's record is 2-1 with a .833 save percentage and a 4.75 GAA. The team has given up 46 goals in 11 games and that is the most in the NHL. Is it time for them to call up goalie Carter Hart from the minors?
It can't possibly get worse for them if they decided to bring him up. The Philadelphia Flyers have enough talent on the roster to be better, but the goaltending is a major issue right now. It is only October, but they don't want to play catch up like they did last season.
The Flyers are currently in seventh place in the Metropolitan Division with a 4-7 record. They only have 8 points in the standings.
Carter Hart has played in five games with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at the AHL level so far this season. His record is 2-2-1 with a .880 save percentage and a 3.77 GAA.
Those numbers show he is not ready yet and if they were to call him up, the Philadelphia Flyers could potentially be ruining his future. Hart is only 20 years. It's not like he's 24 years old. He was a second-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.
Carter Hart is the future starting goal of this team and he has the potential to be good for a very long time if they don't mess him up.
Hart needs to play games on November and December at the AHL level. I wouldn't consider a call up for him until January at the earliest. February is more likely, but what does the organization really want?
The guy the Flyers should call up right now to solve some of these issues is Alex Lyon. He played in 11 games for Philadelphia last season and Lyon was actually pretty good for the most part.
His record last season was 4-2-1 with a .905 save percentage and a 2.75 GAA. Alex Lyon is 25 years old. He would be a better option right now for the Philadelphia Flyers in net. Elliott, Pickard, and Neuvirth don't seem to have what it takes anymore to get the job done.
Lyon would be able to hold the fort down in Philadelphia until Carter Hart is ready to be the full time starter at the NHL level. Alex Lyon has played in one game so far this season at the AHL and his record is 1-0 with a .933 save percentage and has a 3.01 GAA.