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Shayne Costisbehere has been named a finalist for the Calder memorial trophy, awarded to the league’s best rookie. Gostisbehere was nominated along with two offensemen; Chicago Blackhawks Artemi Panarin and Edmonton Oilers Connor McDavid.
Gostisbehere has a slim shot of winning the award after the breakout season he’s had on a sub-par Flyers blue line, but if he does win, he’d be the First Flyers player to get the award ever. The last Flyers to be nominated for the Calder were Ron Hextall back in 1986-87 and Mikael Renberg in 1993-94. Ghost as been breaking records on his way to a Calder nomination and dragging this team up the standings.
His 17 goals set a new Flyers record for goals by a rookie defenseman, his 15 game point streak is the third-longest by a defenseman behind Paul Coffey’s 28-game streak in ’86 and Brian Leetch’s 16 game streak in ’92. Ghost finished 5th in rookie scoring with 46 points, which is a feat for a defenseman. Toward the end of the season, Ghost also had the added burden of Andrew MacDonald as a defensive partner.
Despite all of the success he’s had, Ghost still manages to stay humble.
“I’m very humbled. It truly is an honor … to be associated with this award,” Gostisbehere, 23, said in a conference call with reporters. “I didn’t expect to be where I am right now. Again, it’s a compliment to my teammates, and the coaches and front office for believing in me all the way.” –Philly.com
Meanwhile, Panarin, a seven year KHL veteran, feels a bit more entitled to the award.
Artemi Panarin: I’ll be upset if I won’t get the Calder #Blackhawks
— Igor Eronko (@IgorEronko) May 2, 2016
Both Panarin and McDavid have more points than Gostisbehere, which may hurt him. The writers who vote for this award seem to rarely take into account anything past goals and points. McDavid missed almost half of the season because of injury which some expect to negatively effect his chances. Panarin is the assumed frontrunner for the award.