ForsbergTheGreat Posted December 15, 2015 Share Posted December 15, 2015 When you think of Philadelphia Flyers upcoming defencemen, the names that immediately come to mind are: Ivan Provorov 6’0, 200lbs (7th overall), or Samuel Morin 6’6, 203lbs (11th overall), or even Travis Sanhiem 6’3, 190lbs (17th overall) The one name that may not stand out is the 5”11, 160lbs (78th overall), from Pembroke Pines, Florida. Yes, I’m talking about the Ghost, Shayne Gostisbehere. But yet so far in his early NHL career he’s a real bright spot in the Flyers season, he’s played 14 games and registered 9 points (5 goals). I thought with the impressive start, this kid deserved some more attention. Here are some of the things that Bob McKenzie wrote on him. The kid is a true blue American - he played for Team USA at the 2013 World Junior Championship and won gold there - but he has a lot of French (as in France) as well as French-Canadian blood coursing through those veins. That explains a lot because there aren't many players with as much flash and dash as as this Franco-American. Gostisbehere wasn't drafted out of prep school when he was 18 years old, but a year later, after his freshman season at Union, the Flyers stepped up and took him in the third round of the 2012 draft. Riley had continued to be a big advocate for the dynamic defenceman who was flying all over the ice and playing more like a rover. Third round was probably a lot higher than anyone anticipated Gostisbehere being selected but the Flyers wanted to make sure they got him. In his junior year, Gostisbehere led the upstart Union College Dutchmen to the NCAA Frozen Four national championship. He opted to forgo his senior college season to sign with the Flyers. But in his first year as a pro, early last season, he blew out his ACL. He started this season in the AHL, but injuries and a losing record got him the call up. His impact has been striking. It would be foolish to suggest he alone has been the reason for the Flyers' resurgence of late, but it's difficult not to look at his influence on the power play and those two OT GWGs, to say nothing of the smile on Claude Giroux's face when the captain is out there saucering seam passes to The Ghost for the one timer. Full the full article http://www.tsn.ca/do-you-believe-in-ghosts-meet-shayne-gostisbehere-1.403163 Pretty impressive start to the NHL. The flyers left side on defense has a really bright future. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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