NHL Draft profile: John Gibson
June, 23, 2011
By Mark Stepneski | ESPNDallas.com
The latest in a series of profiles on top prospects for the 2011 NHL Draft looks at goaltender John Gibson, who played for the USA Under-18 team this past season.
Background on 2011 draft prospect John Gibson. Note: Rankings are final.
|Born: July 14, 1993 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2010-11 Team: USA Under-18
|NHL Central Scouting||1st (North American goaltenders)|
|Red Line Report||29th overall|
|International Scouting Services||1st (Goaltenders overall)|
|The Hockey News||27th overall|
|Played for the USA Under-18 team. Had a 17-10-3 record with a 2.64 goals against average and .918 save percentage. Was named Best Goaltender at the 2011 World Under-18 Championship after helping USA win gold while posting a 2.34 goals against average and .926 save percentage.|
|Has committed to the University of Michigan for fall of 2011. Played for the USA Under-17 team in 2009-10, posting an 8-12-1 record with a 3.76 goals against average and .895 save percentage. Was Earned a 3-0-0-0 record and notched a 1.33 goals-against average and .957 save percentage at the 2010 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and was the winning goaltender in the championship game.|
|ESPN.com Scouting Report|
|Positives: Size. Technical game. Rebound control. Athleticism.
Negatives: Puckhandling a question.
Link: ESPN.com John Gibson Profile
|"John has great net coverage and size (6-foot-3, 200 pounds), and is very strong. He's sound technically, moves very well laterally and is controlled. He's calm, not busy." - Al Jensen, NHL Central Scouting
"Gibson could be considered the safest goaltending pick in this year’s draft. He is reliable and well conditioned. He has a very good work ethic and has shown excellent development through the season. Gison is not flashy but he gets the job done and although he didn’t show too much in the way of being able to steal games he can be relied on to be consistent and avoid giving up deflating bad goals at bad times. Very well rounded goaltender." - International Scouting Services 2011 Draft Guide
"He's the top goaltender in this year's crop. Great size and plays economically. Stgrong in the butterfly with good balance in this stance. Tough to beat down low and tall enough to cover the upper corners from his knees. Really big in net and doesn't leave much space for shooters to look at. Challenges shooters well and is smooth moving post-to-post. Calm and patient with strong technique." - Red Line Report 2011 Draft Guide
Mark Stepneski joined ESPNDallas.com in July 2010. A former news/special projects producer for KXAS-TV, he has run the Andrew's Dallas Stars Page website since 1997.
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