Gostisbehere set a new career high with 65 points (13 goals, 52 assists) in 2017-18, and also averaged a new best of 21:27 of ice time. With the emergence of Ivan Provorov, Gostisbehere had less eyes and pressure on him, as he wasn't the only prolific young defensemen in Philadelphia. The 25-year-old has also developed into a clear power-play threat, as his 33 points on the man advantage led all defensemen, and his seven goals tied for first as well. Although the elite goal-scoring that made headlines when Gostisbehere was a rookie has been dialed back -- he's scored 20 goals the last two seasons compared to 17 in his debut 64-game stint -- he's more than made up for the dip with his increased assist total.
Gostisbehere picked up two assists in a 4-3 win over the Hurricanes on Thursday. Everybody went nuts for Gostisbehere during his rookie campaign, but it feels like we may be taking him for granted this season. He now has 51 assists -- an impressive number for a defenseman -- to go with a career-high 64 points in 77 games. The 24-year-old has established himself as an elite point producer from the blue line and a power-play force to boot.
Gostisbehere registered two power-play assists during Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Islanders. The high-scoring defenseman is heating back up with three tallies and nine helpers through his past 11 contests, which includes four multi-point showings over his latest seven outings. Additionally, Gostisbehere's 2.28 points per 60 minutes trail only Torey Krug's 2.31 mark among regular defensemen. At this stage of his career, the 24-year-old Flyer warrants mention among the league's top offensive options from the blue line, and he's also just entering his prime scoring years.
Gostisbehere assisted on both Flyers goals in Tuesday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Stars, He also added two shots, four blocked shots and a plus-1 rating. Gostisbehere has three goals and nine points in the last eight games and now sits one point shy of his first career 60-point campaign. The Flyers could yet let a playoff spot slip through their fingers, but their blue line stalwart is doing everything he can down the stretch to try and prevent that from happening.
Gostisbehere picked up two assists and six shots on goal in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Penguins on Sunday. One of those helpers came with the extra man, giving Gostisbehere a whopping 30 power-play points this year. Overall, he has 57 points through 72 games and has emerged as one of the game's truly elite offensive defensemen.
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