Shayne Gostisbehere
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Shayne Gostisbehere


Margate Florida

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3rd round (78th overall), 2012


161 lbs.

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2009-10: After playing his youth hockey in the Florida Junior Panthers program, Shayne Gostisbehere enrolled at South Kent School in Connecticut as a junior. In 33 games he scored 6 goals with 27 assists. South Kent finished 17-15-1 and lost to Dexter in the quarterfinals of the New England prep school small schools tournament. Gostisbehere committed to playing college hockey at Union College in 2011-12.

2010-11: Gostisbehere skated in 24 games for South Kent School as a senior. He scored 7 goals with 29 assists and had 32 penalty minutes. South Kent entered the small schools tournament as the top-seeded team but was upset by New Hampton, 5-4 in overtime, in the quarterfinals; finishing 21-9-1.

2011-12: Gostisbehere had a memorable freshman season at Union College as the Dutchmen won the ECAC Hockey regular season and playoff championships and reached the Frozen Four for the first time in school history. In 41 games Gostisbehere scored 5 goals with 17 assists and was plus-18 with 20 penalty minutes. He was selected to the ECAC Hockey All-Rookie Team and was invited to USA Hockey’s Evaluation Camp for the 2013 World Junior Championship. Ranked 148th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft, he was selected by Philadelphia in the third round (78th overall).

2012-13: Gostisbehere returned to Union College for his sophomore season — winning an ECAC playoff title and competing in the NCAA tournament — after winning a gold medal with the USA at the 2013 World Junior Championship. In 36 games with the Dutchmen he scored 8 goals with 18 assists and was +18 with 39 penalty minutes. Five of his eight goals came on the Union power play. Union finished fourth in the regular season but rolled through the ECAC tournament – defeating Brown, 3-1, in the championship game. Union defeated defending national champion Boston College in the NCAA East Regional before falling to Quinnipiac in the regional final. In six games at the WJC, (he was suspended for one game), Gostisbehere scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was +4 with 25 penalty minutes.

2013-14: Gostisbehere signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Flyers in April 2014 following his junior season at Union College, making his pro hockey debut with Philadelphia AHL affiliate Adirondack. In two games with the Phantoms he was -2 with no points nor penalties. Gostisbehere’s final season of college hockey was a memorable one as the Dutchmen captured the school’s first national championship, ironically on the ice at the Flyers’ Well Fargo Center. Gostisbehere scored 9 goals with 25 assists and was +33 with 34 penalty minutes in 42 games for Union. After losing back-to-back games in January the Dutchmen went 16-0-1 in their final 17 games, finishing first in ECAC Hockey and then winning the ECAC Hockey and Frozen Four tournament titles. Gostisbehere had 1 goal with 2 assists and was +7 in the Frozen Four championship game as Union defeated Minnesota, 7-4. 

2014-15: Gostisbehere made his NHL debut with the Flyers in an October 25th game against Detroit, skating in two games with Philadelphia before being assigned to AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley. He played five games with the Phantoms, suffering a season-ending injury in November. He was -2 with no points nor penalties, averaging 12:32 minutes of ice time with the Flyers. Gostisbehere had 5 assists and was -1 with no penalties playing with Lehigh Valley. 

2015-16: Gostisbehere began the season in the AHL with Lehigh Valley before being recalled in early November. One of the top rookie defensemen in the NHL, he scored 17 goals with 29 assists and was +8 with 24 penalty minutes, averaging 20 minutes of ice time in 64 regular season games. Gostisbehere scored 2 goals with 8 assists and was -2 with 6 penalty minutes in 14 games with the Phantoms prior to his call-up.

Talent Analysis

Gostisbehere is an unconventional defenseman who likes to participate in the offensive end and use his skating ability and instincts to advantage. A speedy defenseman, Gostisbehere still needs to improve the defensive aspect of his game.


Gostisbehere burst onto the scene for the Flyers in 2015-16, giving the team a jolt of offense from the back line and eventually averaging over 20 minutes of ice time during the team's late run to a playoff spot. His unorthodox style and lack of a traditional defending style are concerns but he puts constant pressure on the opposition and has exceptional creativity and anticipatory skills on the offensive end.

Top 50: Shayne Gostisbehere and Valentin Zykov among honorable mentions

by HF Staff

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