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Flyers' Shayne Gostisbehere set to resume skating

After May 17 surgery, 23-year-old defenseman expects to play in World Cup of Hockey

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / Deputy Managing Editor

STONE HARBOR, N.J. -- Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere said Tuesday he expects to be cleared for skating next week.

Gostisbehere, 23, had surgery May 17 to repair the labrum in his right hip and bilateral lower-abdominal muscle tears. He was expected to need 10-12 weeks to recover.

"I feel good," Gostisbehere said during an appearance at "Trial on the Isle," a beach event that marked the final day of Flyers development camp. "It's been about eight weeks now. I feel good. Just getting back to it. I'm going out of town for a week here, but when I get back I can finally get on the ice. It'll be good."

Gostisbehere's 17 goals were sixth among NHL defensemen last season and the most by a rookie defenseman since Dion Phaneuf had 20 for the Calgary Flames in 2005-06. He also had 46 points, scored five game-winning goals, and was second in the League with four overtime goals. He finished second in voting for the Calder Trophy, which was won by Artemi Panarin of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Gostisbehere said he started feeling soreness in his hip and groin area late in the season. He had one goal and seven points in his final 14 regular-season games, and then had one goal and one assist in the Flyers' six-game loss to the Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference First Round.

"The wear and tear of the whole season," he said. "Body took a little bit of a beating. Just a couple maintenance surgeries. I'll be back and be fine."

He said he expects to be ready for the start of training camp for Team North America for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey in Toronto.

"It's getting late in the summer," he said. "I'm getting a little nervous that I'm not on the ice yet. But I'll be up there. Should be fun. The World Cup will be a great setting for the beginning of the year."

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