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Gostisbehere ready to bring fun to Philly blue line

Jul 14, 2014, 6:25 PM EDT

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Shayne Gostisbehere is getting ready for his first training camp with the Philadelphia Flyers, and after getting a brief taste for the pros last season, he couldn’t be more excited for the coming fall.

The 2012 third-round pick of the Flyers was a star defenseman at Union College and helped the Dutchmen win the national championship this past season.

Now that he’s a pro, the kid who grew up watching tapes of Bobby Orr and making him his idol, wants to do the same kind of thing for Philly when they’re ready for him as Tim Panaccio of shared.

“The Flyers have a plan for me,” Gostisbehere said. “I’m all ears. I’m a sponge. I want to learn every day. I just want to give myself a chance to be on this team, not for a couple games, but for long term. If it’s a year in the AHL or two years in the AHL, then that’s what it’s got to be.”

At Union, Gostisbehere was an offensive dynamo on the blue line able to move the puck with ease through all zones. He had nine goals and 34 points in 42 games with Union last season. His adoration for Bobby Orr was very apparent as he led Union to its first title as opposing teams had trouble containing him.

While he may be a bit undersized at the moment for the NHL, his speed and shiftiness already has Flyers fans itchy to see what he can do at the highest level. Patience may well be rewarded if he can get the chance to grow his game in the AHL.

  1. lowenni - Jul 14, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    This kid is going to be fantastic. I watched him during the Frozen Four and there’s absolutely no doubt he was the best player on the ice, he was great in all three zones and wow, what a skater. He seems to have a great attitude about his development as well, whether it be in the A or NHL. Hockey fans should take notice of this kid, extremely underrated prospect.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 14, 2014 at 7:19 PM

      Absolutely, I remember when the Flyers picked him in the 3rd round I had no clue who he was but it’s only been good things since then. Ghost is an offensive dynamo. You look at all the top quality NHL prospects on both BC and Minnesota and then compare that to Union and you’d think Union would have no shot, but Gostisbehere dominated everybody. Listening to Melrose gush over him in the National Championship you’d think he was the top overall pick. Can’t wait to see what the kid does in the pros.

      Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) I expect Hextall to give both he and Laughton time with the Phantoms to start, but I do think both will be called up at some point this year.

    • lowenni - Jul 14, 2014 at 7:33 PM

      Yeah, I think some time in the minors wouldn’t hurt. As the article states he’s not the biggest guy, and there’s nothing wrong with taking your time to develop a defenseman. Although plenty can be said about the Flyers blueline, there is a fair amount of depth, and with guys like MacDonald, Streit, and Timonen (for one more year) playing, the whole offensive/skating defenseman, powerplay quarterback roster spot is pretty much covered. Give him a year in the AHL with some spot duty in the NHL next season and in a year or two he should be able to replace the soon to be gone Timonen and possibly Streit.

  2. Wineshard - Jul 14, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    Sir, how do you spell that last name?

    Well, it is just like Gladtobehere, but just change the “Gladto” to a “Gostis”.

    Got it.

    No, Gotitbehere is my uncle.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 14, 2014 at 7:46 PM

      The fun part will be hearing people trying to pronounce it.

      • lowenni - Jul 14, 2014 at 7:48 PM


  3. tross16 - Jul 14, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    He’s gonna be unreal!!!

  4. chuchie414 - Jul 14, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    I am very excited for this next wave coming up. Grimaldi, Johnny hockey, Teravinen, Strome the list goes on & on. If half these guys pan out the next decade or so of pro hockey is gonna be amazing!

  5. icelovinbrotha215 - Jul 14, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Hoping for the best. He should look to Kimmo as his mentor.

  6. broadstreetbeatdown - Jul 14, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Please Please Please do not rush Ghost, Morin and Hagg. These guys have huge upside potential but they need another year or two of development.

  7. xflyersx - Jul 14, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    He is wayyy more offensive minded than Kimmo ever was. This guy is going to run the Flyers powerplay for the next ten years

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Jul 14, 2014 at 9:01 PM

      Kimmo has 571 pts in 1,092 regular season games. Let’s not slight Kimmo’s offensive ability + his longevity.

    • anthj99 - Jul 14, 2014 at 9:19 PM

      Maybe this kid should play one game in the NHL first. Game two we’ll call him Bobby Orr and game three we’ll have a HOF ceremony.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 14, 2014 at 9:42 PM

        People in this town are just so starved for a homegrown defensive star that they’re ready to crown Gostisbehere, Morin, Hagg, and Sanheim as the next big things. You’re right Flyers fans need to not get ahead of ourselves. Still it is nice to have 4 defensive prospects with top-4 potential; that’s never happened in my lifetime.

        Idk if Gostisbehere will be a star but he clearly has Krug-like ability and I’d be ok with that.

      • sizzle299 - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:16 PM

        thank you. Excelling against collegiate players does not make this kid an NHL defenseman. But of course everyone wants him on the top pair this season……what could go wrong?

  8. c9castine - Jul 14, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    when you get drafted in the 3rd round and then soon after your almost all everybody is talking about you know your going nowhere but up.

    kid can play.

  9. wutangwild - Jul 15, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    Didn’t watch much of him, but man he was the most notable player on the ice when Union beat my Gophs for the championship. IIRC, he finished the game +7, and the score was 7-4. On ice for all goals scored, and none of goals against. Hope he pans out in Philly

  10. dat1ravens1fan - Jul 15, 2014 at 12:27 AM

    The kid’s ready to start.. top 5 defender on that philly roster rn!

  11. flyerspsu - Jul 15, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    Kids a stud but i think us flyer fans are holding him too high cus we haven’t had this many solid defensive prospects in so long, decades at least, but people don’t realize how many top prospects bust, Ghost is an elite skater w/ high offensive potential and good/solid defense but there are a lot of question marks and stuff he needs to develop on, im just hoping at least 2 of Morin, hagg, ghost and sanheim become at least solid top 4 dmen

  12. ju8686 - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    If there’s one thing old Eddie and the boys don’t like it’s creative players. Dump the puck in and bang in the corners … His game doesn’t fit the “Flyers Hockey” mentality. That’s why he’ll start in the AHL and stay there until he learns to stop carrying the puck past center.

  13. hawksin5 - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Leddy, McNeill, 2015 1st to PHI for Gostisbehere, 2015 3rd????

    • goodolejr - Jul 15, 2014 at 1:21 PM


  14. djshnooks - Jul 15, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    JT Compher and Hudson Fasching were studs on the top-lines of Michigan and Minnesota…and they were freshman.

    Lots of good college kids coming up soon.

  15. kastout11 - Jul 15, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    The Flyers have several young promising defensemen who should all spend this entire upcoming season in the AHL, and maybe a call up for one of them if injuries should occur, which they will. They’re not realy yet and Hextall keeps stressing how neither of them will be rushed up to the NHL too early. I can see at least 1 or 2 of these guys in the NHL in 2015-2016, possibly all three. It is exciting to be a Flyers fan and actually have prospects that are in our system. It hasn’t happened for a long time. Ghost was mighty impressive though last year, especially in the Frozen Four.

  16. officialgame - Jul 15, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    The guy flys up the ice like he has a rocket in his ass.

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