By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)
The Flyers young phenom Shayne Gostisbehere was drafted by the Flyers 78th overall in 2012 and has been turning heads ever since. The pick they used to draft him was originally property of the San Jose Sharks, and there was quite a journey for that pick to land in Philadelphia.
The road to Shayne Gostisbehere started in 1998 with Tyler Arnason, drafted 183rd overall by the Chicago Blackhawks. Arnason made his NHL debut in 2002 and played 245 games as a Blackhawk before being traded to Ottawa for Brandon Bochenski and a 2006 3rd round pick (Simon Danis-Pepin) in March, 2006.
Bochenski played less than a year in Chicago before he was moved to Boston on February 3, 2007 for Kris Versteeg. After the ‘Hawks Cup win in 2010, they were forced to move players due to salary restrictions, thus trading Versteeg and prospect Bill Sweatt to Toronto in late June of 2010 in exchange for Chris Didomencio, Phillippe Paradis, and Viktor Stalberg.
After 53 games in Toronto, Versteeg traded to Philadelphia on 2/14/11 for a 2011 1st round pick (Stuart Percy), and a 2011 3rd round pick (Josh Leivo). Less than five months later Versteeg was traded to Florida on July 1, 2011 for a 2012 3rd round pick (Shayne Gostisbehere) and a 2012 2nd round pick (Brian Hart). The Flyers would later move that second round pick to Tampa bay as part of the trade the brought Pavel Kubina to Philly.
Florida originally acquired the 2012 third round pick from San Jose in a draft day deal in 2011 that allowed San Jose to move up in second round and draft Matt Nieto 47th overall.
Shayne Gostisbehere continues to awe as his electrifying offensive abilities are still on the rise. After a 13-goal, 65-point season in 2017-18, its safe to say trading Versteeg was one of the better trades and draft picks during the Paul Holmgren era.
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