Photo courtesy of Flyers/ Zack Hill
By the time the 2015-16 season is over, Shayne Gostisbehere has a good chance at posting the best individual rookie season by a Flyers defenseman in franchise history, although the team itself is not as good as the ones for whom his predecessors played. That has required him to hit the ground running rather than being able to find his niche as the season progressed.
On a statistical basis, Gostisbehere is fourth in point scoring among Flyers rookie defensemen but, with 34 points in only 40 games played to date, is on the highest points-per-game pace. The top three are Behn Wilson (49 points in 80 games in 1978-79), Tom Bladon (42 points in 78 games in 1972-73) and Janne Niinimaa (44 points in 77 games in 1996-97).