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The Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli is reporting that the Washington Capitals have signed goaltender prospect Mitchell Gibson to a one-year deal. Gibson is also expected to sign an amateur tryout agreement (ATO) with the Hershey Bears, which will allow him to join the team this season.
Hearing Philadelphia native G Mitchell Gibson has signed with #caps, foregoing a year of eligibility at Harvard.
Gibson’s deal is a one-year ELC because of his age. He’s expected to sign an ATO to join AHL Hershey.
Gibson is 2018 4th Rd Pick who had career .918 SV% at Harvard.
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) March 28, 2023
On March 16, ECAC Hockey announced its year-end awards, with Mitchell Gibson, Matthew Coronato, and Alex Laferriere Second Team All-ECAC Hockey honorees,
In addition, Gibson was one of nine semifinalists for the Mike Richter Award as the nation’s top goaltender (and one of two on that list from ECAC Hockey).
In the 2017-2018 season, Gibson was recognized as the NAHL’s Goaltender and Rookie of the Year and took home the title as the South Division MVP. He tied an NAHL record posting 11 shutouts in one regular season and finished with an overall record (including playoffs) of 31-10-9 for the NAHL’s Lone Star Brahmas. Gibson finished the regular season leading in the NAHL in goals against average (1.59) and save percentage (93.5%), which were both the lowest numbers in the league since the 2014-15 season.
Gibson would play for the Central Illinois Flying Aces in the USHL in the 2018-2019 season. He was unable replicate his success from the his previous season, ending the year with a 3.50 GAA and a .890 save percentage. The team as a whole was not very strong, and in a bit of disarray, as they would fold at the end of the season.
Gibson finished the 2019-2020 regular season, his rookie campaign in the NCAA, with a record of 9-8-3, a 2.66 Goals-Against Average and a .917 Save Percentage. He ended the regular season ranked 42nd in the NCAA in GAA and ranked 26th in the NCAA in Save Percentage. The season was ultimately cut short at tournament time due to the Covid pandemic.
The 2020-21 season was a complete wash for Gibson, as Harvard and many of the other eastern teams scrapped the season in its entirety due to the Covid pandemic.
The 2021-22 season saw Gibson return to action after 18-months of sitting idle due to the Covid pandemic. To Gibson’s credit, it took very little time for him to find his grove. He would go 18-10-1 in 29 games played this season.
Gibson finished the season with a .918 save percentage, which was 24th best in the NCAA, and a 2.17 goals against average, which was 14th-best in the NCAA. Pretty good numbers for his second full season.
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Great news! Looks like the goaltending pipeline is really stocked, with Stevenson and Gibson. Now the question is do the Caps resign Shepard or Fucale. I’d say one at least will be brought back. Stevenson and Shepard in Hershey, Gibson in South Carolina, is my guess. And issue an All Points Bulletin for Garin Bjorklund, who appears to be as elusive as D. B. Cooper and Bigfoot combined.
Overstocked. Too many goalies. Darcy and Chuck in DC, Zach and Hunter in Hershey. Clay and Garin in North Charleston are under Caps contract, Tyler Wall under a Bears contract. Now add Mitch to the mix and you have 8 goalies for 3 teams.
I agree with you. Who leaves?
Probably Tyler, but he has been as good a goalie as Clay this year. Recently, I feel he has been better. Clay under contract for another year, Garin another two. What can Garin do? We don’t know — no data this season at all.
Then we look at Hershey itself. Zach and Hunter are UFAs this summer. Do the Caps let one of them walk? Probably. Which? The one who wants more money?
Better to be overstocked, than understocked, my friend. One of my pet sayings is that an NHL team’s farm system isn’t just to develop NHL players, it’s to create competition all up and down your pipeline. Nobody should feel too comfortable anywhere. And always have somebody ready to take someone else’s place. Jersey used to have that in the pre-lockout days. Seems like they had a never ending supply of kids ready to come up from their AHL team, ready to step right into the NHL.
Caps have a very good record in finding goalies. Godzilla was first development player inducted into the ECHL HoF.
Just pointing out that Caps have some hard decisions coming on the goalie front. It’s not filling the glass but overflowing it, so something (someone) has to give. We’re focused on the skaters right now and what changes we will see there but hard decisions coming up on the goalies as well.
Don’t worry. Someone will go. Fucale seems a likely candidate. He’s been too inconsistent. Just because Wall has played better this year, doesn’t mean he’s the better prospect long term, though I can’t say for sure, since I’ve never seen him play. Goalies take longer to develop. Me and some other folks at another hockey blog came up with a list of “one hit wonder” goalies, that is goalies who had one great year, then fell off a cliff. Andrew Raycroft, Steve Mason, Andrew Hammond and of course, our own Jim Carey, are just a few.
Dallas was the goalie factory around the turn of the millennium. Roman Turek, Marty Turco, Manny Fernandez, Mike Smith all came from there. Since then it’s been the Caps with Neuvirth, Holtby, Varlamov, Grubauer, Vanacek and Samsonov
I view Wall as another Copley. Someone, somewhere, is going to get good steady performance out of him. Perhaps not great, but dependable.
We are DEEEEP at netminder. Doubt Fucale comes back. It think he’s 30?