Christopher Gibson

New York Islanders

Fantasy Summary

Gibson chases the game far too often. He sacrifices his technique to rely on athleticism and reflex as he struggles to track pucks and get square.

Fantasy Upside 4.5
NHL Certainty 5.0
Country FIN
Position G
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth December 27, 1992
Height 6‘2”
Weight 207 lbs
Drafted 2011 Round 2; Overall: 49


July 2020 – While Gibson is the third netminder on the Islanders’ 30-man post-season roster, he’ll likely need an injury to Semyon Varlamov or Thomas Greiss to dress for any games. Mark Allan

June 2020 – Gibson is among a group of six Islanders participating in small-group workouts at the team’s practice headquarters at Northwell Health Ice Center on Long Island. In response to the pandemic, the NHL decreed that players work out in groups of no more than six. Phase 2 workouts allowing non-contact skating at team facilities started June 8. NHL training camps in Phase 3 are scheduled to begin July 10, assuming medical conditions allow it and the league reaches an agreement with the players’ union about resuming play. Mark Allan

May 2020 – In spite of playing for the hapless Sound Tigers, the Finnish native is having a respectable campaign. After posting a 6-7-5 record, Gibson improved to 10-8-5 as Bridgeport rose from the fewest points in the AHL to third-fewest. Considering the team’s 23-33-5 mark when play was suspended, his .912 save percentage and 2.78 GAA are downright impressive. However, he’s 27 and it’s unclear what the Islanders have planned for the UFA, especially if they sign Ilya Sorokin, their top netminding prospect. Mark Allan

February 2020 – At 27, time is not on the Finn’s side to realize his dream of sticking in the NHL. Since coming to the Islanders from the Leafs for the 2015-16 schedule, he’s played just 14 times in the NHL compared to 149 in the AHL. He’s getting to know the Connecticut town of Bridgeport like he was born there. The Sound Tigers have the fewest points in the AHL, but Gibson holds a respectable 6-7-5 record with a 2.81 GAA and .912 save percentage. Will the Isles offer him a contract or let the impending UFA try to sign elsewhere? Mark Allan

March 2018 – Gibson made his first NHL appearance since April 10, 2016, (a relief appearance) when he started against Pittsburgh on March 3rd. Gibson faced 50 shots and lost in overtime 3-2. A little more of a hybrid style goalie than we’re used to seeing these days, the Finnish netminder performed admirably against an onslaught and on a team of goalies that are tough to hit with a puck some nights, this may earn Gibson another kick at the can. Worth being on the watchlist as a streamer for those who are in desperate goaltending situations. Michael Farkas

 June 2017 – The only plus side to Christopher Gibson’s season was the fact that he didn’t lose a decision. Gibson went 6-0 in seven games played in 2016-17. Unfortunately, he was felled by a knee injury that ended his season. Already a long shot to be an NHL regular, the Finn will be a restricted free agent at the end of the month and it’s questionable as to whether the Islanders will qualify him at this point. Mike Farkas

 February 2016 – Despite being only 23 years of age, The Finnish Gibson, has been well traveled in his pro Career. After being drafted by the Kings, the organization opted not to sign him when he was turning pro, so the Leafs scooped him up with a keen eye and the 2nd former Los Angeles goalie in the same short period, John Bernier being the other. After a pair of solid seasons for the Toronto Marlies, Gibson was dealt in a 5 prospect package for speedy winger Michael Grabner. The Islanders gained a rather stable and unspectacular minor league goalie, who really keeps his teams in games without stealing victories. He carries an average sized build, yet uses it very effectively and has a rather quiet style in the net with a standard ‘butterfly’ that provides text book ‘ice-sealing’ abilities. His puck controlling abilities have come a long way in a short time as he absorbs and controls rebounds rather effectively since his rookie pro season. He sometimes has problem moving the puck, but doesn’t adventure too far too often. Before the New Year came, Gibson was one of the top goaltenders in the AHL with a GAA at 1.99 and SV% of .928. His numbers have dropped off large in 2016, as his GAA is 3.82 and SV% of .877 since the turn, but still covers with a record of 3-3-2. He is capable to handle the NHL in a pinch as shown by his appearance in early January where he played in relief facing 17 shots from the dangerous Pittsburgh Penguins and only allowed a single goal. Questions will arise if he stays as a restricted free agent in the Islanders system beyond this season as the Islanders own a pair of high-flight European goalies that may get called across along with another decent NCAA goalie that still has a possible year to serve along with Stephan Williams already in Bridgeport, but I would expect him to be retained. If he is not kept, he will find another AHL job for a team needing a stable, maintenance free, NHL ready prospect. Jason Banks


 Season Team League GP GAA SVS%      Playoffs GP GAA SVS%
 2007-2008 Blues U16 U16 SM-sarja Q 4 4.45 .888 |        
  Blues U16 U16 SM-sarja 7 4.10 .882 |        
 2008-2009 Notre Dame Hounds U18 AAA SMAAAHL 18 2.63 .894 | Playoffs 6 1.83 .926
  Notre Dame Hounds U18 AAA TCQ-W 3 2.00 .921 |        
  Notre Dame Hounds U18 AAA Telus Cup 5 3.00 .901 |        
 2009-2010 Chicoutimi Saguenéens QMJHL 29 3.50 .884 | Playoffs 4 3.39 .871
  Finland U18 WJC-18 0 - - |        
  Finland U18 (all) International-Jr 1 5.91 - |        
 2010-2011 Chicoutimi Saguenéens QMJHL 37 2.42 .920 | Playoffs 4 5.20 .865
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 2 6.51 .767 |        
 2011-2012 Chicoutimi Saguenéens QMJHL 48 2.97 .893 | Playoffs 18 3.12 .903
  Finland U20 WJC-20 2 4.50 .865 |        
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 5 2.99 .920 |        
 2012-2013 Chicoutimi Saguenéens QMJHL 41 3.08 .902 | Playoffs 6 3.87 .898
 2013-2014 Toronto Marlies AHL 12 2.44 .916 |        
  Orlando Solar Bears ECHL 20 3.16 .892 | Playoffs 2 1.95 .951
 2014-2015 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 0 - - |        
  Toronto Marlies AHL 45 2.42 .921 | Playoffs 4 3.90 .866
 2015-2016 New York Islanders NHL 4 3.40 .882 |        
  Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 42 2.70 .909 | Playoffs 1 6.15 .860
 2016-2017 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 7 2.52 .912 |        
 2017-2018 New York Islanders NHL 8 3.65 .908 |        
  Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 37 2.42 .906 |        
 2018-2019 New York Islanders NHL 2 1.50 .941 |        
  Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 40 2.84 .902 | Playoffs 4 1.91 .927
 2019-2020 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 25 2.78 .914 |