The Anaheim Ducks have had their fair share of
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
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.