Shayne Gostisbehere is one of the young defensemen that has the potential to make the Philadelphia Flyers’ blueline a significant strength in a few years, but first he will be spending more time in the minors.
Gostisbehere scored three goals in three preseason games, but those exhibition contests weren’t all good for the 22-year-old. On the defensive side of things, Flyers coach Dave Hakstol felt Gostisbehere showed “some good and some bad along the way. I think he’ll tell you the same thing. There are things he’s learning every day,” per the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Even looking past that, sending Gostisbehere to the minors might do him some good as he was limited to just seven AHL/NHL games last season due to a torn ACL.
It’s also worth emphasizing that Philadelphia has eight defensemen signed to one-way contracts, so Gostisbehere always faced an uphill battle.
Cousins, 22, is coming off of a strong AHL campaign and might be one of the first forwards Philadelphia calls upon in the event of an injury. As for Hagg, 20, 2014-15 was his first full season in North America after making the transition from Sweden.
The Flyers’ camp roster is down to 32 players.