Gostisbehere wasn’t an elite college player until he was 20, and played in a weak conference. He looked good but not amazing at the IIHF World Junior Championship.
But, he has the hockey skills. He’s a fantastic skater, and a great and imaginative puck mover. He wasn’t great defensively to begin in college, or to begin in his pro career, but he kept learning how to win battles and make the most of his hockey skills: