The Anaheim Ducks announced Saturday that the National Hockey League club has recalled goaltender John Gibson from the Norfolk Admirals, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).
Gibson, 20, returns to southern California after Ducks’ netminder and former Admiral Frederik Andersen suffered a lower-body injury in Game 3 of Anaheim’s playoff series with Los Angeles Thursday night.
Gibson is currently leading the AHL in wins (tied), shutouts (tied), goals-against average, save percentage, minutes played, saves and shots faced during the 2014 Calder Cup Playoffs. In six postseason appearances with Norfolk, Gibson is 4-2 with a 1.45 GAA, a .955 save percentage and one shutout, allowing nine goals on 198 shots. He backstopped the eighth-seeded Admirals to an upset of the conference-leading Manchester Monarchs — Los Angeles’s AHL affiliate — in the first round; Norfolk is currently tied, 1-1, with the St. John’s IceCaps in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Gibson made his debut on April 7 and shut out the Vancouver Canucks, 3-0. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native went 3-0-0 in his first three career games as an NHL goaltender with a 1.33 GAA and a .954 save percentage.
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound goaltender earned a 21-17-4 regular-season record with Norfolk and finished with a 2.34 GAA and a .919 save percentage in his rookie pro campaign.