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Player Review: John Gibson
By Adam Tenenbaum
John Gibson spent his second full season as the Ducks number one goaltender in 2017-18. He appeared in a career-high 60 games and won a career-best 31. He finished the season with a record of 31-18-7, with a GAA of 2.43, and save percentage of .926 %. In the playoffs, Gibson posted a GAA of 3.60 and a save percentage of .889 % as the Ducks were swept in four games by the Sharks.
Gibson was the Ducks best player for large parts of this season. In the beginning of the season with all the injuries to several key players, Gibson kept his team afloat posting a .921% save percentage in October and November despite facing 685 shots in 20 games. His best month of the season was February where he posted a .945 % save percentage and the Ducks went 4-1-1 in his six games. That momentum carried over to March where he had a .931 % save percentage and the Ducks went 9-3-1, en route to clinching a playoff berth. Aside from his overall numbers, Gibson did a good job at quashing the label of an injury prone goalie as he was able to start 60 games for the Ducks.
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There is not a whole lot of bad to say about the Ducks stud 24-year-old netminder. As previously mentioned, he was able to start 60 games for the Ducks. However, he did leave in six games due to various lower body injuries. He spent parts of the season day to day with various ailments, which forced the Ducks to call upon their third string goalie, Reto Berra. In addition, Gibson’s playoff numbers were not what we have come to expect from him, but a lot of that can be chalked up to the team not showing for the playoffs. It is hard to blame any one player for the Ducks playoff failures, and overall Gibson had a solid season and one that Ducks fans hope to see more of in the future.
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May 24th, 2018