The Fall of Ducks Netminder John Gibson

When Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson first came into the league, there was a lot to be impressed with.

Gibson, 29, would post great numbers, make the big save when his team needed one, not allow soft goals, and would be a contributing factor as to why the Ducks would win hockey games. It was a simple recipe for his success in the first few years of his career.

Fast forward to now, and things are very different for the still somewhat young masked man. For starters, his numbers are not very good.

While the Ducks have been one of the worst teams in the league this season, that does not let Gibson off the hook. As of this writing (Thursday, December 29), he is 6-14-0-3 with a 3.88 goals-against average and a .900 save percentage.

Those kinds of numbers certainly will not help a team win hockey games. In fact, Gibson’s goals-against averages have not been great over the last several seasons:

2019-20: 3.00 goals-against average
2020-21: 2.98 goals-against average
2021-22: 3.19 goals-against average

Yes, the Ducks have been one of the worst defensive hockey clubs during those seasons. With that said, Gibson’s less-than-stellar play between the pipes certainly did not help anything.

Secondly, Gibson is not playing with the same kind of confidence that he did when his career was first starting. When he first came into the league, he was usually in a good position for first and second saves, knew how to control rebounds, and the puck certainly did not get behind him as much as it is now.

Let’s take a look at these numbers:

2015-16: 2.07 goals-against average, .920 save percentage, and four shutouts
2016-17: 2.22 goals-against average, .924 save percentage, and six shutouts
2017-18: 2.43 goals-against average, .917 save percentage, and two shutouts

Clearly, his statistics were much better than they are now. The numbers mentioned above are elite-level.

So, which goaltender is Gibson? Is he the one that once played at an elite level, or is he the one that is playing right now?

Only time will tell if Gibson will be ever to regain the form that made him a three-time All-Star.

Episode 89: The Mighty Debrief Late Arrivals: An Anaheim Ducks Podcast

On this episode of LAP, the guys talk about the wonderful, one might even say MIGHTY, news coming out of Anaheim Thursday morning and share their thoughts on the long awaited rebrand coming to OC. The guys try to predict what the new uniforms may entail and share their excitement for things being how they should once more. Lastly, the guys give their Cup Final predictions and answer listener questions!Follow Late Arrivals Twitter: @latearrivalspodInstagram: @latearrivalspodFollow the hostsChris: @CJKChelConnor: @91_PlutyJake: @_JRobles71Louis: @Louiex37 Intro/ Outro done by Will Rice/ @pastorwillrice
  1. Episode 89: The Mighty Debrief
  2. Episode 88: Minute Muncher
  3. Episode 87: Coach Chaos
  4. Episode 86: It's All Your Fault
  5. Episode 85: One Last Howl

Patrick Hoffman

Patrick covers the NHL for Inside The Rink. He has previously covered the league for The Ultimate Hockey Fan Cave, WTP Sports, Sportsnet.ca, Kukla’s Korner, Spector’s Hockey, NHL Network Radio blog, TheHockeyNews.com, The Fourth Period, Stan Fischler’s “The Fischler Report”, as well as a slew of others.

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