With the 51st pick in the 2023 NHL Entry Draft, the Philadelphia Flyers selected Carson Bjarnason, goaltender from the Brandon Wheat Kings.
The Carberry product has made his dream turn into a reality today, being taken in the second-round of the NHL Draft. Bjarnason was the fourth goalie off the board on day two in Nashville but was the first Canadian netminder to find a home.
This was the Flyers' third pick of the draft as they took mysterious Russian forward Matvei Michkov seventh overall and added defenceman Oliver Bonk with the 22nd selection.
Bjarnason is coming off a season where he started 47 games for the Brandon Wheat Kings and had a record of 21-19-6. He was sixth in the WHL in total minutes played (2,725) and tied for third in shutouts (3).
The pride and joy of Carberry went undrafted in the WHL Draft two years ago, but all that seemed to do was motivate him more. Bjarnason went into the Brandon Wheat Kings training camp as a 16-year-old and beat out two drafted goalies for the backup role in Brandon.
Bjarnason learned behind veteran Ethan Kruger in his first year with the Wheat Kings before he was able to spread his wings this season.
He played for Team Canada this year at the IIHF U18 World Championships and went 4-1 in between the pipes. Bjarnason was also a part of Team Canada at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup in 2022.
Bjarnason will be joining the Philadelphia Flyers pipeline. The Flyers went 31-38-13 last season.