If you check out the Philadelphia Flyers minor league players, you’ll notice it is pretty barren when it comes to top prospects. Last week, Hockeysfuture.com ranked the Flyers dead last in terms of their young and up and coming talent. Yet there’s one name that could help Philadelphia rise in those rankings: Shayne Gostisbehere.
Gostisbehere was selected with the 78th pick in this past NHL Entry Draft out of Union College, and the young Defenseman has already turned heads before even donning an orange and black sweater. “Ghost”, as he’s commonly referred to was one of 26 players on Team USA’s preliminary roster for their two games in Helinski, Finland, and his OT goal versus Sweden sealed his spot on the USA U-20 roster.
In Team USA’s first competition in the 2013 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships, the 19 year old made his presence felt. On a feed from teammate and soon to be top draft pick Seth Jones, Gostisbehere potted a beautiful one timer through a very tight window. Those would be his only points, but his offensive prowess is certainly worth noting. With the losses of Chris Pronger and Matt Carle and with the end of Kimmo Timonen‘s career looming, the Flyers will be desperately looking for a quarterback on the power play. Enter Gostisbehere, who could certainly fill that role for the Flyers. He’s still a few years away from seeing NHL action, but the future looks bright for the young Defenseman.
Team USA would take it to Germany 8-0, and will be playing Russia on December 28th, and Slovakia on New Year’s Eve. Expect Shayne Gostisbehere to be a main component in the USA’s success.
Jake Pavorsky is a contributor for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @JakePavorsky.