Shayne Gostisbehere Breaks Record for Point Streak by a Rookie Defenceman

Shayne Gostisbehere entered Saturday afternoon one point shy of breaking a Flyers and NHL record. With the lone goal in the Flyers overtime loss to the Devils, Gostisbehere has cemented himself in the record books. His 11 game point streak is a Flyers record for longest point streak by a rookie. It is also an NHL record for longest point streak by a rookie defensemen.

“It definitely means something,” Gostisbehere said. “I’m sure my grandpa’s really proud of me, but it’s more of a team game for us. We’re trying to make the playoffs here. It’s a big thing. It leaves a sour taste in our mouths because we needed those two points.”

The kid they call “Ghost” has taken the NHL by storm since his call-up to the Flyers in late November. His recent stretch of success has come with three goals, eleven assists for a total of 14 points during his 11 game point streak. But the success has been there all season long for the 22 year-old rookie.

Shayne Gostisbehere was drafted in the third round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. A product of Union College, Gostisbehere took to the Wells Fargo Center ice before he even put on a Flyers jersey. As a part of college hockey’s Frozen Four, he took away the MVP award after posting a goal, an assist as well as a +7 in the championship game. A few days later he made the decision to leave Union to join the Flyers.

A devastating injury in November of 2014 saw Gostisbehere’s career put to a halt as he would miss the rest of the season with an ACL tear. He only played seven total games that season, five with the Phantoms and two with the Flyers before the injury.

“I faked a slapshot and went around (Raine) and passed it to the front and I admired my pass, and the guy pushed my back shoulder. I fell into the boards, and I guess I hit my knee on the boards. I really don’t know. I didn’t feel a pop. I didn’t feel anything. I thought it was a stinger and I tried to stand up, and it wasn’t happening.” Gostisbehere said about the injury.

The rookie defensemen came into the 2015-2016 season looking to make the team out of camp. His dream was put on hold temporarily as he was sent down to the Phantoms. His dream officially came true when he was called up in November after Mark Streit was sidelined for six weeks. In his second game of the call-up, he potted his first NHL goal.

Fast forward a few months, Gostisbehere finds himself fifth in rookie scoring. In just 36 games, the defensemen has 10 goals and 20 assists for a total of 30 points on the season. He isn’t the favorite to win the Calder trophy, awarded to the league’s top rookie. But with a few months left in the season, Ghost has plenty of time to make his case.


Main Photo: NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 29: Shayne Gostisbehere #53 of the Philadelphia Flyers skates against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on September 29, 2014 in New York City. The Rangers defeated the Flyers 6-3.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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