John Gibson Assigned to Norfolk Admirals by Anaheim Ducks: Reaction and Analysis

October 15th, 2014 by Bobby Kittleberger Leave a reply »

In what appears to be a granting of a request from John Gibson, the Anaheim Ducks have sent the 21-year-old netminder to their AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals. The Admirals have games on Friday and Saturday, and it's presumed that Gibson will start in both after giving up six goals to the Pittsburgh Penguins while starting in Anaheim's first game of the 2014-15 season.

It's likely that Gibson requested the move out of a desire to get some playing time and under the assumption that Frederik Anderson will get starts for the Ducks on both Friday and Sunday night.

Gibson is said to be returning to the team after the Admirals' game on Saturday.

In the meantime, Jason LaBarbera will serve as Anderson's backup.

What does this mean for the Ducks' goaltending situation? Is Anderson cementing his role as Anaheim's No. 1 netminder, or will Gibson get to pick up where he left off as a legitimate contender for that spot?

Anderson's Numbers

If Gibson did indeed request the move to shake out some butterflies, speculation about Anderson's ascent should be kept in check.
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