Hey, remember Christopher Gibson? Sure you do. The goalie acquired from the Leafs in the Michael Grabner trade? Was in net when the Islanders clinched their playoff berth last season with an OT win over the Capitals? Finnish dude with a super non-Finnish name? That Christopher Gibson?
Gibson played in four games with the Islanders last season, and none bigger than that April one against the Capitals. He’ll probably spend most of this season down in Bridgeport, where he helped the Sound Tigers reach the playoffs last season.
A native of Karkklia, Finland, Gibson also appeared in 44 games with the Islanders’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. He led all Sound Tigers goalies in games played and wins (19), while posting a 2.70 goals-against average and .909 save percentage.
The Islanders currently have too many goalies on their roster than they know what to do with and are waiting for that situation to shake out.
With the Sound Tigers, Gibson will most likely pair with the returning Stephon Williams in a tandem. Penn State goalie Eamon McAdam might get in there, too. Who knows?One or more could also end up in Missouri with the Islanders’ ECHL affiliate. All three are still pretty young (Williams is also 23, McAdam is 21) so any regular work will be good.
The Islanders also have two goalies across the pond - Sweden’s Linus Soderstrom and KHL standout Ilya Sorokin - very much worth keeping tabs on.
Hey, it’s August and this counts as news. Even if it’s not the RFA droid you were looking for.