Phantoms alum Shayne Gostisbehere has been announced as one of three finalists for the Calder Trophy awarded annually to the NHL’s top rookie.
“Ghost” made his professional debut with the Adirondack Phantoms on April 18, 2014 and over parts of three seasons with the Phantoms organization, he compiled 2 goals and 15 points across 21 games. He tallied his first professional goal on October 28, 2015 as part of a 5-1 Phantoms victory over the St. John’s IceCaps at PPL Center and amassed eight points in his final eight games with Lehigh Valley before being recalled by Philadelphia on November 14.
In 64 games with the Flyers this year, Gostisbehere led all Philadelphia defensemen and all NHL rookie blueliners in scoring (46 points) and tallied the most goals ever by a Flyers rookie defender (17). He also established a new mark with the longest point streak by an NHL rookie defenseman, the longest point streak by a Flyers defenseman and the longest point streak by a Flyers rookie when he amassed points in 15 straight games from January 19 to February 20. During that stellar surge, Gostisbehere tallied five goals, 13 assists and 18 points and became the first NHL defender to compile a 15-game point streak since Chris Chelios during the 1995-96 campaign.