Christopher Gibson
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Christopher Gibson

Hometown:

Karrkila Finland

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-12-12

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2011

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2013

Weight:

193 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2008-09: Christopher Gibson moved to Canada from Finland and played for the Notre Dame Hounds Midget AAA team. In 18 games, he posted a 2.63 goals-against average and a .895 save percentage. Gibson was chosen in the first round,m 16th overall, of the 2009 CHL Import Draft by the QMJHL’s Chicoutimi Sagueneens.

2009-10: In his QMJHL rookie season, Gibson played in 29 games for the Sagueneens. He posted a 3.50 goals-against average, a .884 save percentage, and a 8-19-0 record. In 4 playoff games, Gibson posted a 3.39 goals-against average and a .871 save percentage. Gibson played for Finland at the 2010 U-18 World Junior Championship but did not appear in any games.

2010-11: In 37 games for the Sagueneens, Gibson compiled a 2.42 goals-against average, a .920 save percentage, and a 14-15-8 record. In 4 playoff games, he turned in a 5.20 goals-against average and a .865 save percentage. Gibson was named to the QMJHL’s First All-Star Team. Gibson played for Team Cherry at the 2011 CHL Home Hardware Top Prospects Game, giving up 3 goals in a 7-1 loss to Team Orr.

2011-12: Gibson appeared in a career-high 48 games for Chicoutimi in his third QMJHL season and played for Finland in the 2012 U20 World Junior Championship. He was 27-17-4 with 3 shutouts and had a 2.97 goals against and .893 save percentage for the Sagueneens. Chicoutimi finished fifth in the East Division but then advanced to the playoff semifinals. Gibson was 9-9 with 1 shutout in 18 playoff games and had a 3.12 goals against and .903 save percentage. Gibson was 1-1 in two games for fourth-place Finland at the WJC and had a 4.50 goals against and .866 save percentage.

2012-13: Gibson played in 41 games for Chicoutimi in his fourth QMJHL season. He was 17-18-4 with 4 shutouts and had a 3.08 goals against and .902 save percentage. The Sagueneens finished fifth in the East Division and lost to Quebec in a first round playoff series. Gibson appeared in all six playoff games and was 2-3 with a 3.87 goals against and .898 save percentage. He became an unrestricted free agent in June of 2013 after he was not signed by the Los Angeles Kings and instead signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Toronto in July of 2013.

2013-14: Gibson split his first pro season between the Maple Leafs’ AHL affiliate Marlies and the ECHL. He played 12 games for the Marlies as a backup to veteran Drew MacIntyre and was 5-6 with a 2.44 goals against and .916 save percentage. Gibson played 20 games for the ECHL’s Orlando Solar Bears and was 8-9-2 with a 3.16 goals against and .892 save percentage. The Solar Bears finished second in the South Division and lost to eventual Eastern Conference champion Cincinnati in a six-game first round series. Gibson was 1-1 with a 1.94 goals against and .951 save percentage in two playoff games. 

Talent Analysis

Gibson is a strong positional goaltender who works to find the puck and plays his angles well. Technically solid and aggressive in his crease, he moves well in anticipating plays and potential shots. He has a strong glove hand and controls rebounds well.

Future

Gibson attended his second training camp with the Leafs before being assigned to the AHL affiliate Toronto Marlies to start the 2014-15 season. Splitting time with first-year pro Antoine Bibeau for a team that has struggled to stay above .500, he has shown flashes of the potential that he showed in junior hockey but has yet to play with the consistency necessary to succeed at the NHL level. Long-term his skill set and athletic attributes suggest that Gibson can successfully compete at that level one day. As with most 21-year-old goalies trying to predict his eventual potential is largely speculation.

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