Saturday, June 25, 2011
It's Gibson and Gibson for Kings and Ducks
By Dan Arritt
The Ducks added some depth to the organization's goalkeeper chart Saturday morning during the second round of the NHL draft. The Kings did too.
The similarities didn't stop there. Both goalies also share the same last name, though they're not related.
Anaheim selected the top-ranked goalie in the draft, John Gibson, with the 39th overall pick. The Pittsburgh native, who will turn 18 next month, helped the U.S. National Team Development Program win gold at the U-18 World Championships in Crimmitschau, Germany last month. He was named the tournament’s best goaltender after finishing 6-0 with a 2.34 goals-against average and .926 save percentage.
With the status of Jonas Hiller (vertigo symptoms) still unsettled after missing most of the second half last season, and his replacement, Ray Emery, set to enter free agency July 1, the Ducks needed some depth in the crease, though Gibson likely won't be NHL ready for a couple of years.
The Kings made their first pick of the draft 10 spots later and selected goalie Chris Gibson, a native of Finland who played for Chicoutimi of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last season. Gibson, 18, had a 2.42 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage for Chicoutimi last season.
The draft continues through the seventh round today. Check here for all the results.