21-Year-Old Goalie – Toronto Maple Leafs
Christopher Gibson Contract Information:
Signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Maple Leafs in July of 2013.
The Kings have chosen Gibson with the 49th overall pick in Saturday's 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Gibson, who struggled with consistency in the QMJHL in the two seasons after his draft year, wasn't tendered a contract by the Kings, the team that had taken 49th overall in 2011. So along came the Maple Leafs who inked him to a three-year deal in July. He's too old for junior, so he'll fill a depth spot in either the ECHL or AHL, particularly given the empty goalie pantry in Toronto. He can flash signs of brilliance when he's on his game, but will need to improve his consistency as he moves up the ladder.
Gibson struggled at times last season (2.97 GAA, .893 save percenage) after leading the QMJHL in save percentage (.920) in 2010-11. The second-round selection in the 2011 Entry Draft saw some action at the 2012 World Junior Championships, but didn't fare well in his matchup against Canada and will need to put the pieces back together again in what figures to be another season in the QMJHL.
Gibson posted the best save percentage (.920) in the QMJHL and the second best GAA (2.42) so you can look past the 14-15-8 record. He was the Kings' first selection (49th overall) in the 2011 NHL entry draft and has plenty of time to establish himself before the Kings get too concerned with where he falls on the organizational depth chart.