Shayne Gostisbehere is trying to make the Detroit Red Wings better.
Defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere signed a 1-year/ $4.125 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings on July 1, 2023. His addition completes the left side of the defense and, like Berggren and Fischer, could play an important role in the teams’ success this season.
Gostisbehere was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 3rd round (78th overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Last season, while playing for the Arizona Coyotes and Carolina Hurricanes, he totaled 13 goals and 28 assists for 41 points in 75 games, averaging 17 minutes of ice time.
He can play either quarterback position on the power play and will be on the first or second unit, as he is a smooth skater and can get the puck up the ice quickly.
Gostisbehere is not overly physical but can take the body if need be. He is great at the transition game and is an underrated passer. He plays well in all three zones and only jumps into the offensive zone if he feels a need to.
With the Detroit Red Wings transitioning into a younger team sooner than later, Gostisbehere is proving that he can still skate, produce offensively, and take care of his own end at 30 years old.
He may play in the middle or bottom pairing but make an impact with his experience. This was a signing Detroit needed to shore up their defense, which looks much more promising this season.
With these three players, Detroit has some weapons that contribute differently but get the job done.
All eyes will be on the bigger-name players, but every team needs a Berggren, Fischer, or Gostisbehere to be successful. They may not be elite names but they could be vital in the success of the Red Wings this season.