Shayne Gostisbehere for Calder
I am officially on the Shayne Gostisbehere for Calder train.
The rookie Flyers defenseman has been making headlines ever since his call up on November 12th. His résumé this season includes 38 points, including 15 goals, in 49 games, highlighted by the fact that he had a fifteen game point streak in the middle of the season.
Don’t get me wrong, Connor McDavid, Jack Eichel, Artemi Panarin, and others are all fantastic choices in their own right, but few players have had the impact on their team like Gostisbehere has had on the Flyers. Before his re-call, the Flyers were 5-8-3, a points percentage of .406. Since then, they have gone 27-15-9, good for a points percentage of .618.
If he were to win, Gostisbehere would be the first Flyers player ever to win the Calder Trophy.
As of now, I’d pin my Calder candidates as Connor McDavid, Artemi Panarin, and Shayne Gostisbehere. McDavid was injured for a large portion of the year which will hurt him in this race, but he has still been such an impactful player that it is hard to turn away. Panarin may lose some voters due to his age being 24 and his prior professional experience in the KHL.
On top of all the goals, assists, and crazy stat-lines, Shayne Gostisbehere has also propelled the Flyers, almost single handedly, back into the playoff race. If they do wind up kicking out the Penguins or Red Wings for that final spot, it will be hard to argue against him. You have to wonder what would have been made of the Flyers season if he did not get the call-up when he did or even at all.
Ghost Bear for Calder.