By Sam Bush
Flyers phenom Shayne Gostisbehere is in the running for the Calder Trophy.
The NHL announced last night that Gostisbehere is one of three finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy, given to the league’s best rookie.
Blackhawks left winger Artemi Panarin and Oilers center Connor McDavid join the Flyers’ defenseman as the three finalists. The award, voted on by members of the professional hockey writers association, will be presented at the 2016 NHL awards on June 22.
“I’m very humbled. It truly is an honor,” Gostisbehere said on a conference call. “Having the season I did last year, just to be associated with this award and the moment right now, it’s truly humbling. I didn’t expect to be where I am right now. It’s a compliment to my teammates, the coaching staff and the front office for believing in me all the way.”
Gostisbehere entered the 2015-16 season coming off a torn ACL, limiting him to five AHL games in 2014-15.
“You set goals during your rehab,” Gostisbehere said. “My first year pro, I only played seven games. It wasn’t the year I wanted to have — anyone, their first year of profession