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Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Shayne Gostisbehere sets NHL rookie record – SportsUntapped.com
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Added February 15th, 2016 by Ian

Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Shayne Gostisbehere sets NHL rookie record
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Rookie defenceman Shayne Gostisbehere has been on fire since being called up from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the American Hockey League (AHL) back in November. However, he’s gone unnoticed in many markets due to this year’s excellent crop of rookies such as Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers), Jack Eichel (Buffalo Sabres), Dylan Larkin (Detroit Red Wings), Sam Bennett (Calgary Flames), Sam Reinhart (Buffalo Sabres), Max Domi (Arizona Coyotes), Anthony Duclair (Arizona Coyotes) Artemi Panarin (Chicago Blackhawks) and John Gibson of the Anaheim Ducks.

This season’s rookie of the year award is going to be a very tight race due to the number of fine candidates. But for now, Gostisbehere has earned a spot in the NHL’s record books after scoring his 10th goal of the season on February 13. The Flyers defenceman scored in the third period of Philadelphia’s game against the New Jersey Devils, but ended up losing in overtime. Actually, Gostisbehere set two records during the contest.

The 22-year-old goes into the record books for holding the longest consecutive point streak for a rookie defenceman as the goal meant he had scored at least one point in 11 straight games. He also set the Flyers franchise record at the same time. The previous Philadelphia consecutive point-scoring record for a rookie was held by former Swedish player Mikael Renberg at 10. The previous NHL record was set by Barry Beck in the 1977/78 campaign. Gostisbehere was originally chosen in the third round with the 78th-overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft. He’s currently the top-scoring rookie defenceman and fifth overall.

He started the season in the minors, but has racked up 10 goals and 20 assists for 30 points in just 36 games so far this season for an average of 0.83 points each contest. Dallas Stars’ defenceman John Klingberg had an excellent season last year and posted 0.62 points per game. In addition, defenceman Aaron Ekbland of the Florida Panthers, who won the 2015 Calder Trophy as the league’s best rookie, scored just 0.48 points each game. There’s no doubt that Gostisbehere will get some attention in Calder voting this season, but he’s facing a lot of stiff competition. Also, just 11 defencemen have won the award and only four since 1989.

In other recent NHL news, Mike Yeo was fired as the head coach of the Minnesota Wild on February 13. The club then named John Torchetti as the interim coach. Yeo took over the reins for the 2011-12 season and compiled a record of 173-132-44. The team also made the playoffs in for the past three years and made it as far as the second round in the past two campaigns. Yeo was fired after a 4-2 loss to the Boston Bruins which was Minnesota’s eight straight defeat. They had just one win in their last 14 outings and were three points out of a Western Conference playoff spot with a record of 23-22-10.

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