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Shayne Gostisbehere | Defenseman | #53

Team: Philadelphia Flyers
Age / DOB:  (24) / 4/20/1993
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 180
College: Union College
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 3 (78) / PHI
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Shayne Gostisbehere is thrilled to have a new multi-year contract with the Flyers.
According to reports, it is a six-year deal worth $27 million. "It's a dream come true to be part of one of the best organizations in hockey," Gostisbehere said in a statement. "With everything that's going on here - we've got some young guys coming up and we've already got some key pieces - it's nice to know you're part of the future and part of the plans." Philadelphia has some excellent defense prospects and Gostisbehere has displayed great offensive instincts since he joined the big club. The 24-year-old blueliner has produced 85 points in the first 142 games of his NHL career. Jun 10 - 9:01 AM

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Updating a previous report, Shayne Gostisbehere received a $11 million dollar signing bonus on top of his six-year, $27 million contract extension.

That is a lot of money for a defenseman who really struggled and was a healthy scratch fives times throughout the season. However, GM Ron Hextall is still a believer in Gostisbehere's potential. "A lot of players are handed unlimited ice time, unlimited roles, because all the way up they are the best player on their team," Hextall said. "There are lessons that a lot of them have to go through as pros and 'Ghost' went through some of those last year. He's clearly going to be a better player because of it." If the Flyers wish to make the playoffs next season, they'll need the Gostisbehere that picked up 46 points in 64 games two seasons ago.
Jun 9 - 9:15 PM

The Philadelphia Flyers have signed Shayne Gostisbehere to a six-year, $27 million contract extension.

The Flyers confirmed the signing, but not the length or financial terms of the deal, so those are based on reported figures. Gostisbehere would have been a restricted free agent this summer after completing his entry-level contract. The Flyers are taking a bit of a risk here given that Gostisbehere struggled at times during his sophomore campaign, but he certainly has the potential to be a top-end offensive defenseman, so that $4.5 million annual cap hit could end up looking like quite the steal. Plus even if the 2016-17 campaign wasn't an ideal one for him, he still ended up with seven goals and 39 points in 76 contests.
Jun 9 - 5:08 PM

Shayne Gostisbehere notched a goal and an assist in a 6-2 win over Pittsburgh on Sunday night.

The Ghost now has seven goals and 33 points in 69 games this season. It snaps a five game pointless drought, Gostisbehere also picked up two penalty minutes and five shots in the game.
Mar 26 - 10:53 PM

Shayne Gostisbehere picked up an assist in the Flyers' 4-0 win against Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

Gostisbehere has recorded at least a point in three of his last four games. He has six goals and 31 points in 63 contests in his sophomore campaign.
Mar 16 - 9:10 AM

It looks like Shayne Gostisbehere is regaining his confidence from last season.

Gostisbehere had a goal and an assist Thursday against Toronto and looked like the rookie sensation he was last year rather than the confused blueliner for most of this season. He has six goals and 29 points but look for a big improvement the rest of the way and do not downgrade him next season when drafting.
Mar 11 - 9:12 AM

Shayne Gostisbehere scored for the first time in 34 games on Saturday.

The defenseman had 17 goals in 64 games as a rookie but his sophomore season has been a big reversal as he has only five goals thus far. He has been made a healthy scratch on a few occasions this season and that has been a major sore spot for his fantasy owners who drafted him high based on his first year campaign. Look for a bit of a bounce back next season but he is not an elite offensive defenseman at this time.
Feb 26 - 9:59 AM

Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News is wondering if Shayne Gostisbehere might be better suited as a forward.

As Donnellon notes, Gostisbehere is neither big or physical, but he is offensively gifted. Given that the Flyers also have a good group of defensive prospects on the way, they might also be able to fill the void if Gostisbehere is moved up front. Gostisbehere wouldn't be the first defenseman to make that shift. Two noteworthy examples are Brent Burns and Dustin Byfuglien, who both spent extended times as a forward at points in their respective careers, though both of them are presently serving as blueliners. None of this means that Gostisbehere will end up playing as a forward someday. This is just food for thought.
Feb 21 - 5:14 AM

Shayne Gostisbehere set up all three Flyer goals to help his team top Vancouver 3-2 on Sunday night.

Gostisbehere was key in helping Philadelphia open up a 3-0 lead over the Canucks, then helping protect it. He now has four goals and 21 assists for 25 points in 53 games this season.
Feb 20 - 12:46 AM

Shayne Gostisbehere registered an assist in his return to the Flyers' lineup.

Gostisbehere spent the previous three games as a healthy scratch. He also had a minus-two rating in 22:06 minutes of ice time in the Flyers' 3-1 loss to the Islanders.
Feb 10 - 9:45 AM

Shayne Gostisbehere will return to the Flyers' blue line on Thursday against the Islanders.

The Ghost Bear had been sat down for each of the last three games in which the team went 1-2, beating only Canadiens. Philadelphia scored just once in that span. Through 48 games this season Gostisbehere has posted four goals and 21 points along with 58 blocks.
Feb 9 - 1:48 PM

Shayne Gostisbehere is taking his time in the press box in stride.

Gostisbehere has spent Philadelphia's last three games as a healthy scratch. "I never take it personally," Gostisbehere said. "I look at it as my coaches are doing what is best for me as a young player. I know we have 19-year-olds on this team. I’m turning 24 in April, but I still look at myself as a young guy, my second year in the league. … I know what my coaches are doing and they wouldn’t do this to punish me. They’re doing what’s best for me, for the team and in the future." Based on Wednesday's practice, he might be reinserted into the lineup on Thursday.
Feb 9 - 10:37 AM

Shayne Gostisbehere skated on Philadelphia's top power-play unit at Wednesday's practice.

Coach Dave Hakstol wouldn't confirm if Gostisbehere would return to the lineup Thursday against the New York Islanders, but it seems likely. "I haven't made a lineup decision. I will make it tomorrow," Hakstol said. "He got some good work out there today, and that's what we have been asking him pretty much over the last week. He got some great work in, some great practices, and he has done a good job of it." Gostisbehere has been scratched for the last three games and the Flyers have not scored a goal in the past two.
Feb 8 - 4:15 PM

Shayne Gostisbehere will be a healthy scratch on Monday.

It will be the third straight game for the second year defenseman and a long-time NHL scout says that Gostisbehere has lost his confidence. "Right from the get-go, he has lost a lot of confidence," the scout said this weekend. "I think he got off to a struggle early. There have been a number of guys like that around the league this year. The most difficult thing for anybody to get out of a funk, from every player I have known, is to battle your way through it in practice. It’s hard to do that in games." Gostisbehere has 17 points in 48 games after a 46 point season as a rookie in 64 games. Bench him if he is still active.
Feb 6 - 9:02 AM

Shayne Gostisbehere will sit for the second straight game on Saturday against the Kings.

Hard to believe Gostisbehere is thought as part of what's ailing Philadelphia, but he'll be in the press box again nevertheless. He's posted four goals and 17 points with 58 blocks in 48 games thus far.
Feb 3 - 7:47 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Claude Giroux
2Valtteri Filppula
3Sean Couturier
4Scott Laughton
5Jordan Weal
6Roman Lyubimov
7Michael Vecchione
LW1Michael Raffl
2Brayden Schenn
3Matt Read
4Travis Konecny
5Chris VandeVelde
6Oskar Lindblom
RW1Jakub Voracek
2Wayne Simmonds
3Dale Weise
D1Ivan Provorov
2Shayne Gostisbehere
3Michael Del Zotto
4Nick Schultz
5Radko Gudas
6Brandon Manning
7Andrew MacDonald
G1Steve Mason
2Michal Neuvirth
3Anthony Stolarz