Antoine Bibeau
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Antoine Bibeau

Hometown:

Victoriaville Quebec

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1994-05-01

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2012

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

2013

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

6th round (172nd overall), 2013

Weight:

210 lbs.

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History

2009-10: Antoine Bibeau played in Quebec midget AAA hockey as a 15-year-old, playing for the Trois-Rivieres Estacades. Sharing the goaltending duties with Jimmy Appleby, he was 8-4, appearing in 22 games, and had a 3.46 goals against and .864 save percentage. In two playoff games he was 0-1 with a 7.55 goals against and .761 save percentage. Bilbeau was selected by Lewiston in the fifth round (73rd overall) of the 2010 QMJHL Entry Draft.

2010-11: Bibeau made his QMJHL debut, appearing in three games for Lewiston, and returned to Trois-Rivieres for a second season. In his time with the MAINEiacs, one of the QMJHL’s top teams, he was 2-0 with a 2.10 goals against and .914 save percentage. In 29 regular season games for Trois-Rivieres he was 16-8 and had a 3.27 goals against and .895 save percentage. In five playoff games he was 2-3 with a 4.74 goals against and .837 save percentage.

2011-12: Bibeau played for the Prince Edward Island Rocket after being obtained in a pre-season trade with Gatineau, which had selected him in the QMJHL Dispersal Draft after Lewiston folded. Playing behind returning goalie Maxime Lagace, he played 29 games and was 7-9-1 with a 4.46 goals against and .868 save percentage. Prince Edward Island missed the QMJHL playoffs; finishing last in the Maritimes Division.

2012-13: Bibeau emerged as the starter for Prince Edward Island ahead of Lagace in his second QMJHL season, appearing in 46 games as the Rocket moved up to third in the Maritimes Division. Bibeau was 28-11-3 with five shutouts and had a 2.81 goals against and .911 save percentage. In six playoff games Bibeau was 2-4, with one loss coming in overtime, and had a 3.37 save percentage and .907 save percentage. Bibeau, who was not listed in Central Scouting’s mid-season rankings, was ranked ninth among North American goalies in the final rankings and was selected by Toronto in the sixth round (172nd overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft.

2013-14: Bibeau had a memorable final season of junior hockey — joining Memorial Cup-bound Val-d’Or after a mid-season trade; being named the QMJHL’s playoff MVP and an all-star at the Memorial Cup. In 26 games with Charlottetown he was 8-11-5 with one shutout and had a 3.29 goals against and .911 save percentage. Acquired by the Foreurs just before the trade deadline, he was 13-7-1 with 1 shutout in 22 regular season games with a 3.03 goals against and .900 save percentage. Val-d’Or finished first in the West Division and defeated Baie-Comeau in the QMJHL finals to reach the Memorial Cup. Bibeau was 16-8 with 1 shutout in 24 playoff games and had a 2.80 goals against and .913 save percentage. The Foreurs won two of three games in round-robin play — including a 1-0 shutout of London and a 4-3 double overtime win over eventual champion Edmonton — before falling in triple overtime to the Oil Kings in the semifinal game. Bibeau was 2-2 with a 2.76 goals against and .932 save percentage. 

2014-15: Bibeau impressed in training camp with the Leafs before joining the AHL’s Toronto Marlies for his first pro season. Splitting time with second-year pro Christopher Gibson, he played 31 games and was 15-10-5 with 4 shutouts. Bibeau had a 2.69 goals against and .913 save percentage. The Marlies finished second in the North Division, falling to Grand Rapids in a first-round playoff series. Bibeau made his only playoff start in the decisive fifth game against the Griffins, stopping 39 of 42 shots in a 3-1 loss. 

2015-16: Bibeau handled the bulk of the goaltending for the Toronto Marlies in his second AHL season. He was 28-9-1 with three shutouts and had a 2.70 goals against and .909 save percentage in 40 regular season games. Toronto finished first in the North Division, advancing to the Eastern Conference finals against Hershey. Bilbeau was 5-4 in his first 10 playoff games with a 2.98 goals against and .897 save percentage.

 

Talent Analysis

Bibeau is an athletic goaltender who relies on his physical talents and reflexes to make saves. Largely unheralded for much of his junior career, he gained prominence after back-stopping Val-d'Or to the Memorial Cup in 2014 and has continued to progress as a prospect. His tactical and technical skills must continue to improve if he is to one day play at the NHL level. His competitiveness, durability and emotional game are first-rate.

Future

Bibeau finished sixth in the AHL with 28 regular season wins in his second season with the Toronto Marlies in 2015-16. Entering the third year of his original entry-level contract, he will push for a roster spot behind Jonathan Bernier with the Leafs in training camp. As with many young goalies that are athletic and talented, consistency will determine his ultimate career path. Bilbeau has the skill set to be an NHL goaltender.

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