John Gibson
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John Gibson

Hometown:

Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1993-07-14

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2011

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

2nd round (39th overall), 2011

Weight:

210 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2009-10: John Gibson played for the U.S. NTDP program, splitting his time between the U-17 team and the NTDP team competing in the USHL. In 22 games for the U-17 team, Gibson compiled a 3.76 goals-against average and a .895 save percentage. In 18 games in the USHL, Gibson ended up with a 3.69 goals-against average, a .905 save percentage, and a 7-9-0 record. Gibson played for the USA's gold medal team at the 2010 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, where he posted the best goals-against average (1.33) and best save percentage (.957) of the tournament.

2010-11: Gibson played for the U.S. NTDP competing in the USHL, compiling a 2.38 goals-against average, a .926 save percentage, and a 9-4-3 record. Gibson played for the USA's gold medal squad at the 2011 U-18 World Junior Championship, posting a 2.34 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage in 6 games. He was named the Best Goaltender of the tournament. Gibson has committed to the University of Michigan.

2011-12: Gibson had an impressive first training camp with Anaheim and had a strong rookie season in his first OHL season with the Kitchener Rangers. Splitting time with OHL veteran Frank Palazzese during the regular season, he was 21-10 with 1 shutout and had a 2.75 goals against and .928 save percentage. After finishing second in the Midwest Division, Kitchener reached the OHL semifinals with Gibson handling the bulk of the goaltending. He was 8-7 with 1 shutout and 1 loss in overtime in 16 playoff games and had a 2.67 goals against and .938 save percentage.  Gibson appeared in one game as a back up to Jack Campbell for Team USA in the 2012 U20 World Junior Championship. He made his lone start against Finland, stopping 23 of 27 shots in a 4-1 loss. The USA finished seventh in the tournament. He signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Anaheim in March 2012.

2012-13: Gibson had a memorable season as a 19-year–old despite hip and groin injuries that limited him to 27 games during the OHL season. He won a gold medal playing for the USA U20 team at the 2013 World Junior Championship and capped the season winning a bronze medal at the 2013 IIHF World Championship in Sweden. Gibson made his pro hockey debut – appearing in one AHL game with Norfolk following the OHL playoffs: allowing 3 goals on 21 shots in 40 minutes of action with the Admirals. Gibson was 17-9-1 with 1 shutout for Kitchener and had a 2.41 goals against and .928 save percentage. He played in ten OHL playoff games and was 5-5 with 1 shutout; posting a 2.17 goals against and .946 save percentage. Gibson was 5-2 in seven games at the WJC and had a 1.36 goals against and .955 save percentage. He was 3-1 in five games at the World Championship and had a 1.56 goals against and .951 save percentage; stopping 36 of 38 shots in the USA's 3-2 win over Finland in the bronze medal game.

 

Talent Analysis

Gibson has proven to be a very mature goalie, developing physical coordination and mental toughness at a young age. His junior career was a smashing success and he showed the traits that made him the first North American goaltender taken in the 2011 Draft. While he is not a dazzling athlete, he has shown little if any major weaknesses in his game. His performances at high level international competitions like the 2013 IIHF World Championships and an invite to the U.S. Sochi Olympic orientation camp, speak to his calm and collected nature in high pressure situations as well as his tremendous skill level.

 

Future

He is a complete goaltender who should ascend through the amateur and minor pro ranks quickly. Gibson has played out his CHL career with Kitchener and there is nothing standing between him and a No. 1 job in the AHL with the Ducks’ affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals. Long-term he could be a No. 1A/1B goaltender, the type of battler the Ducks have coveted.

 

 

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