John Gibson

by Jason Banks on January 4, 2017
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John Gibson, G

Catches: L

Height: 6-3

Weight: 216

Born: 1993-07-14

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Drafted: 2011 by Anaheim Ducks, 39th Overall

 

Observations:

 

January 2017 – In the off season the Ducks made a bold move trading Freddy Andersen to the Maple Leafs and acquiring only a veteran project to backup the American stud netminder. The sky is the limit with Gibson and should eventually become a top-5 goalie to own in fantasy hockey (currently ranked 17th on Dobber’s Goalie Rankings, and should be cusping the top 10 by next season). He is no longer a prospect, he is here now, to stay. Jason Banks

 

January 2016 – Gibson has been selected to his first NHL all-star game, along with Ducks' winger Corey Perry. The news was quite shocking to Gibson, as it was to many others around the league. This honor should provide the rookie netminder an extra boost of confidence after beginning the year with the San Diego Gulls, Anaheim's AHL affiliate. Bryan Puffer

 

January 2016 – Gibson has officially been named rookie of the month for December, racking up an impressive a 5-3-1 record, 1.62 GAA, .929 SV%, and three shutouts. The Ducks will need the young netminder to continue trending in this direction if they want to work their way up in the standings. Bryan Puffer

 

December 2015 – The Ducks recently placed goalie Anton Khudobin on waivers, giving the appearance that Gibson has now earned the right to stay with Anaheim for the foreseeable future.  The netminder is going to be a restricted free agent at the end of this season, and the Ducks need to decide if he is going to be their goalie of the future. Gibson had a slight hiccup against the Carolina Hurricanes on December 11, giving up three goals on the 17 shots he faced, before being yanked after the second period.  Nonetheless, the future of Gibson playing in the Ducks organization seems to be making a turn for the better after a turbulent first few years with Anaheim. Bryan Puffer

 

December 2015- John Gibson was named the NHL's first star of the week (ending Dec. 6) and posted a 3-1-0 record with a 0.76 goals-against average in that span. Bryan Puffer

 

November 2015 – John Gibson is making a strong case for an increase in playing time for the Anaheim Ducks.  The 4-0 shutout on November 30 leaves him with a 2-1-1 record on the season, 1.82 GAA, and a .936 save percentage. Frederik Andersen, who has been out with an illness should be returning to the Ducks lineup this week, which will leave the Ducks with a decision to make on whether or not to keep Gibson with the big club or send him back to San Diego for more frequent starts. Anaheim is looking to creep back into playoff contention after a slow start to the season, so if Gibson continues to flourish as the starter they may be forced to keep both him and Andersen with the Ducks. Bryan Puffer

 

April 2015 – Heading into the playoffs, John Gibson is still out with an upper-body injury. As it looks now, Andersen will start as the number one for game one against the Winnipeg Jets. Leading into the playoffs, Gibson and Andersen have been trading starts. Gibson ended the year off with a modest 13-8 record with a 2.60 GAA and a 0.914 SV%. He was slated to take over top position in the Anaheim goaltending rotation this season, but injuries and inconsistency prevented that this season. Hopefully he'll be able to make an impact for a deep Anaheim playoff run. Kevin Won

 

November 2014 – John Gibson is slated to miss 6 weeks with a groin injury. The young netminder can't seem to catch a break and has only seen a few starts since the season starts. Kevin Won

 

October 2014 – The Anaheim Ducks have sent down John Gibson on a weekend conditioning stint. This will be good for the young goalie as he can get in a few extra games, especially after dropping a 6-4 loss to the Penguins. It did not bode well for his confidence and management believes he can regain some of that back in the minors. Expect him back up after to get a second crack at it. Kevin Won

 

December 2013 – John Gibson has been called up to the Ducks. Frederik Andersen has been sent to Norfolk as a result. Gibson has posted strong numbers in the AHL, and this won't be seen more as him serving as backup. The Ducks wanted to give Andersen more playing time since Hiller has been playing outstanding for the Ducks. If Gibson can get in a start, it'll be interesting to see how he plays. Kevin Won

 

November 2013 – John Gibson has not shown any weakness in his transition to the pro leagues with five wins, one loss, and two overtime losses in nine games, boasting a 1.61 GAA and a .951 SV%. He was also named AHL Goalie of the Month for October. With Frederik Andersen playing strong in the NHL due to Fasth's injury, the path is clear for Gibson to take a strong command of the cage in the AHL with the Admirals. Kevin Won

 

July 2013 – John Gibson, who recently led Team USA to a bronze medal at the IIHF World Championships, has been invited to the Team USA Olympic Orientation camp that will be held next month. He is not slated to get a spot, but will attend to gain valuable experience. He has yet to play an NHL game. Kevin Won

 

May 2013 – John Gibson had the pleasure of showcasing himself at the IIHF World Championships, posting three wins, one loss, and a shutout along with a a 1.56 GAA and a 0.951 SV%. After Gibson's second round robin game, coach Joe Sacco elected to ride him in the quarterfinals, semifinals, and the bronze medal game. Gibson's strong play led USA to its first medal in the Worlds since 2004 when they got a bronze. The young netminder has a bright future ahead of him and once again proved himself on the international stage. Kevin Won

 

May 2013 – After being injured for nearly two months, John Gibson returned on March 8th, playing four more regular season games to close off the year. He posted 17 wins, nine losses, and one tie in 27 games with a 2.41 GAA and a 0.928 SV%. In the playoffs, Kitchener managed to knock off Guelph but fell to the London Knights in five games in the second round. Gibson continued to post strong numbers, earning five wins, four losses, and a tie with a 2.17 GAA and a 0.946 SV%. Shortly after the conclusion of the Rangers' season, Gibson was assigned to Norfolk where he played one game, filling in for Frederik Andersen who got pulled earlier in the game. Gibson is also currently participating in the IIHF World Championships where he stopped 31 of 32 in his first start, a 4-1 win against Finland. The tall, athletic netminder will continue to gain experience and will challenge for the #1 job with the Norfolk Admirals. There is a wealth of goaltending depth in Anaheim, so Gibson will have to wait his turn or force his way up the ranks. -Kevin Won

 

February 2013 – After his ‘awe- inspiring’ WJC performance for the USA, Anaheim choose to bring him into their post-lockout camp. He was returned to Kitchener to finish the season with a wealth of experience and confidence but unfortunately he did not last long. Gibson has been on the shelf since January 19with soft tissue damage in his groin area. His durability is starting to become very questionable as last season was a mess with hip problems and a couple of illnesses, and this season the hip has continued to be an issue at times and now groin issues. The biggest flags to come from the fact most of the issues are mobility related yet he is not an overly mobile goalie himself, he tends to live and die by strong positioning, excellent size and strong use of the extremities. Jason Banks

 

January 2013 – John Gibson is an up-and-coming elite goaltending prospect and after single-handedly winning the gold medal for Team USA at the 2013 World Junior Championship roster it is clear that his trajectory is heading high. Gibson is a technically sound netminder with an aura of confidence about him that yells, “future NHL stud”. Gibson walked away from the 2013 WJC with loads of accolades including a member of the U20 WJC All-Star Team, U20 WJC Best GAA (1.36), U20 WJC Best SV% (.955), U20 WJC Most Valuable Player, and of course, a U20 WJC gold medal.  Brendan Ross 

 

Fantasy Outlook: A

 

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