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New York Islanders Daily: Christopher Gibson To Get Opportunity

By Matt O'Leary
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 19: Christopher Gibson
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 19: Christopher Gibson /
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Christopher Gibson will likely get a chance with the New York Islanders either tonight or over this four-game road trip, the Islanders are about to embark on.

With Thomas Greiss injured and still not ready for NHL action, the New York Islanders will call on Christopher Gibson to play the backup role. It looks as if he’ll get his first chance of the season either tonight or over a tough four-game stretch.

In four career NHL games, Gibson is 1-1-1 with a 3.40 goals against average and a .882 save percentage. Neither of those two statistics really jump off the page as a positive sign to Gibson transitioning to the NHL level.

At 25-years old we’ve likely seen his ceiling as a player. With the Sound Tigers in the AHL, Gibson was 18-11-3 with a 2.31 goals against average and a .909 save percentage. Gibson hasn’t had a good year at the AHL level since 2014-2015. Since then he’s been rather underwhelming as a prospect.

That’s why if I was Garth Snow, I would’ve looked long and hard at a goalie at the deadline. There’s no way you can legitimately say you’re still trying for a playoff spot with Gibson getting opportunities.

Darcy Kuemper or Petr Mrazek was available for a reasonable cost, yet the Islanders decided to go with a rental fourth liner and a third pairing defenseman instead.

Hopefully, Gibson proves me wrong, but I’d be lying if I said that I believed he’s ready to be an NHL level goalie.

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