Gostisbehere has healthy outlook heading into Flyers season – NHL.com

VOORHEES, N.J. — Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere said as good as he feels now, it’s hard to remember what it felt like at this time a year ago.

Gostisbehere helped Team Hollydell to a 10-1 win against Team Ebo Strong 2 in its opening game at the Checking For Charity tournament at Flyers Skate Zone on Friday.

Playing on a team that included Flyers teammate Mike Vecchione, Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau, New York Rangers defenseman Anthony DeAngelo, and Vancouver Canucks goaltending prospect Thatcher Demko, Gostisbehere moved up and down the ice easily against an Ego Strong 2 team of college and minor league players born in the Philadelphia region.

“Now I feel really explosive, I feel really strong,” Gostisbehere said. “It’s going to be an exciting season.”

That excitement was missing for Gostisbehere most of last season. He had surgery to repair injuries to his hip and abdominal muscles in May 2016 and never got into a consistent groove. He had 39 points (seven goals, 32 assists) in 76 games and was a healthy scratch five times.

It was a drop from 2015-16, when he led NHL rookie defensemen with 46 points (17 goals, 29 assists) in 64 games and finished second in voting for the Calder Trophy. He had a 15-game point streak, the longest by an NHL defenseman since Chris Chelios had a 15-game streak in 1995, and became the first NHL rookie to score four overtime goals in a season.

Gostisbehere said there were lingering issues from his surgery but they were more mental than physical. 

“It’s your thought process,” he said. “You’re making cuts, you’re doing things [and] you think about it. ‘I could have gone a little faster there. Is that from the surgery?’ It’s more mental than anything.”

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