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Prospect Preview: John Gibson - Junior Hockey News

Published: Tuesday, 13 Nov 2012
By: Michael Gosnell

The Anaheim Ducks have had their fair share of stellar goaltending.

Players like Guy Hebert, Jean-Sebastien Giguere and, currently, Jonas Hiller have all led the Ducks to numerous victories.

Despite have a formidable line in Ryan Getzlaf, Bobby Ryan and Corey Perry, the Ducks had a down year last seasons, and look to improve down the road.

Anaheim needs a stellar back-up option to Hiller if they want to win more games and solidify their goaltender position. They may have found a goalie that could even challenge Hiller for the starting job in net.

Pittsburgh native John Gibson was selected in the second round with the 39th overall selection in the 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft.

Originally committed to play for Red Berenson and the historic University of Michigan hockey program, Gibson passed on playing college hockey and decided to suit up for the Kitchener Rangers, who play in the Ontario Hockey League.

Last season was his first season at the major junior level, and he did not disappoint.

Gibson started in 32 games for the Rangers and earned a record 21-10-2. Moreover, his goals against average (2.75) and save percentage (.928) were impressive for an OHL rookie.

He is very mature for his age and it shows when he is between the pipes. So far, he has shows toughness mentally and that is something the Anaheim Ducks front office has been clamoring about.

Through 14 games this season, Gibson has earned a record of 14-3-1 and an impressive goals against average of 1.89.

If he continues these numbers, Gibson should ascend through the pros rather quickly. A starting job with the Norfolk Admirals is waiting for him and he could be a stellar back-up to Hiller.

Tomorrow we will talk about Phoenix Coyotes prospect and son of Ulf Samuelsson, Henrik Samuelsson.








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