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Goalie nods: Ducks prospect Gibson to make NHL debut

Apr 7, 2014, 3:31 PM EDT

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Gibson to debut

John Gibson, the Anaheim farmhand considered to be one of the NHL’s best young goaltending talents, will make his big-league debut tonight when the Ducks take on the Canucks in Vancouver.

Gibson, 20, will get the start after Jonas Hiller performed poorly in Sunday’s 4-2 loss to Edmonton (No. 2 Frederik Andersen is out with an upper-body injury). It promises to be an exciting time for both Gibson and the Ducks, as the club has high hopes for his future — the Pittsburgh native captured tournament MVP at the ’13 World Juniors, then performed equally well for the U.S. men’s team at the ’13 Worlds, backstopping the Americans to bronze while posting a 1.56 GAA and .951 save percentage.

Last May, Gibson’s goalie coach with OHL Kitchener said the then-19-year-old was “ready for the NHL right now.”

For the Canucks, Eddie Lack will start for the 19th straight time.


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  1. hockey412 - Apr 7, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Probably not the bargaining chip that Hiller was hoping for, going into negotiations this year.

    As great as it is to see Gibson get a try, is this a good idea, so close to the playoffs, instead of letting Hiller work through this?

    • patthehockeyfan - Apr 7, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      If Boudreau was worried about Hiller’s self confidence before, this certainly doesn’t help. Then again, if the Ducks make a long run in the playoffs, it’s probably a good idea to see if Gibson can hold up.

    • ibieiniid - Apr 7, 2014 at 4:16 PM

      seriously though, on a site called HockeyTalk, there should be more replies than thumbs down when somebody tries to… ya know… start some hockey talk.

    • ibieiniid - Apr 7, 2014 at 4:19 PM

      they have to be a bit careful at this point too. with Fasth gone and Andersen out, if Gibson gets hurt, behind him is Thiessen and Bobkov… two guys who are DEFINITELY not NHL playoff caliber. hopefully Andersen’s back soon for them. that’d solve the Ducks’ problem, but not Hiller’s.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 7, 2014 at 4:55 PM

        i don’t really know what I meant by “be careful.” they’d be in the same boat whether Hiller or Gibson got hurt.

    • jpelle82 - Apr 7, 2014 at 4:24 PM

      if he plays well why not keep starting him too? he’s good. hiller hasnt been historically bad in the playoffs (.935 sv% is pretty damn good actually) but if gibson comes in and plays lights out, i say ride it all the way into the playoffs and beyond. look what holtby did for the caps that one year, he came in and played in like march after not playing all year, played well, and then killed it thru 2 rounds in the playoffs. i’m rooting for him. been a while since an american goalie came in and put his stamp on the league at this age like he has the chance to. quick split time when he was 22 yrs old, miller was 25, howard was 25, schneider and bishop 26 before starting gigs. gibson’s coach with kichener said he was nhl ready last year…not saying gibson will start next year yet but he has an audition right now and it should make the hiller situation that much more interesting this offseason.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 7, 2014 at 4:26 PM

        I don’t wanna play my cards twice (I made my opinion mathematically clear below lol), but if Andersen makes it back, you’d play Gibson before giving him the chance? I don’t know if that’s the right coaching option… depending on how “lights out” he plays.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 7, 2014 at 4:28 PM

        btw, I don’t think “play my cards twice” is a real idiom. don’t use that in a job interview if you wanna sound like you know English.

      • jpelle82 - Apr 7, 2014 at 4:47 PM

        yeah i dont know, i havent seen anything from gibson that tells me he cant come in and play well. he flat out dominated at worlds last year, he was on a whole other level. at the very least this experience should hope to eliminate any doubt on the need to resign hiller having andersson as a starter and gibson nipping at his heels next year.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 7, 2014 at 4:54 PM

        idk man, I know Hiller wants a lot of money, but I think they need to give it to him. behind Gibson and Andersen is basically nothing (Bobkov excels in the ECHL, got like monthly MVP or something last month, but can’t really hold his own in the AHL yet, after over a year of exp. it’s gonna be a tough call for them, for sure.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 8, 2014 at 8:21 AM

        lol the court of thumbs musta disagreed with both sides of this argument.

  2. blomfeld - Apr 7, 2014 at 4:02 PM


    Hopefully this young man will have an excellent outing tonight and the Ducks will put the Canucks out of their misery once and for all. About the only down side is that this town is going to see so many fire bombs being hurled tonight that even Russian Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov would be impressed !

    1) Jonathan Quick
    2) Martin Jones
    3) Ben Scrivens
    4) Jonathan Bernier
    5) Cory Schneider
    6) John Gibson

    • ibieiniid - Apr 7, 2014 at 4:21 PM

      Frederick Andersen > John Gibson

      • ibieiniid - Apr 7, 2014 at 4:21 PM

        and Frederik Andersen > FrederiCk Andersen.

  3. c9castine - Apr 7, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    this conversation got way too deep for the topic.

    congrats on pittsburgh kid Gibson getting his first NHL start. hes a pretty serious goaltending prospect. Good to get him his first game or two this season before he can go

  4. twinwildflyer - Apr 7, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Anaheim just signed G Ryan Faragher out of St. Cloud state university and assigned him to norfolk.

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