After the 2016 NHL postseason, the Anaheim Ducks decided to trade away goaltender Frederik Andersen to the Toronto Maple Leafs and keep goaltender John Gibson. I thought Anaheim was nuts for doing something like that and I see why they did that. Andersen is currently 28 years old and Gibson is currently 24 years old.
I could see the same thing happening to John Gibson soon. He is a restricted free agent at the end of the 2018-2019 season and Gibson will be 25 when the offseason arrives next summer.
John Gibson was one of the reasons why the Anaheim Ducks got swept against the San Jose Sharks in the first round. His record was 0-4 with a .889 save percentage and a 3.59 GAA. Gibson had a 9-5 record with a .918 save percentage and a 2.59 GAA in the 2017 postseason.
He didn’t start in Game 6 in the Western Conference Finals a season ago because of a lower-body injury. In the 2016 postseason, Gibson started Game’s 1 and 2 against the Nashville Predators, but he was pulled for the rest of the series in favor of Frederik Andersen because how awful Gibson was. Gibson’s record was 0-2 with a .900 save percentage and a 3.08 GAA.
He has a terrible track record in the postseason. Gibson did have a very good regular season with a 31-18-7 record with a .926 save percentage and a 2.43 GAA, along with four shutouts.
As everyone knows by now, it is a matter of how players perform during the postseason and not the regular season. Even though Anaheim struggled to score goals against the Martin Jones, goaltending was part of the issue as well.
Gibson struggles to stay calm between the pipes and he flops all over the place. The Anaheim Ducks recently signed goaltender Olle Eriksson Ek to a three-year entry level contract. He is just 18 years old and Eriksson Ek was a fifth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.
Eriksson Ek has a ton of upside. He posted a 10-3-3 record with a .924 save percentage and a 2.01 GAA in 17 games with Farjestad BK’s J20 team in the SuperElit League. In three postseason games with Farjestad, he posted a 1-2 record with a .925 save percentage and a 2.37 GAA.
Eriksson Ek was loaned to BIK Karlskoga in the Allsevenskan league on Jan. 11, 2018, and his record was 5-4-1 with a .907 save percentage and a 2.33 GAA, along with one shutout.
It is unknown when Eriksson Ek will reach the NHL level but if John Gibson falters again next season, Eriksson Ek will be Anaheim’s starting goalie in the near future.