By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor
The Anaheim Ducks shook up their goalie situation this weekend, putting 20-year-old John Gibson between the pipes in Game 4 against the Los Angeles Kings.
The Ducks were rewarded with a shutout with Gibson making 28 saves. It was his first playoff appearance and just the fourth NHL start of this season. Gibson will now get the start in Game 5 against the Kings tonight at 10 p.m. with the best-of-seven series tied at two games apiece.
Gibson was a prospect in the Anaheim system that was highly regarded. He was the top-ranked goaltending prospect when he was drafted in 2011.
While much of the focus from the 2013-14 NHL dual rookie class was focused on the bigger names such as Nathan MacKinnon, Alex Galchenyuk and Nail Yakupov – at least at the start of the season – there are rookies seeded throughout 13-14 products that are going to get attention down the road. Gibson is one of those players, but his moment came in one of the biggest games of his short NHL career.
During the 2013-14 regular season with the Norfolk Admirals in the AHL, he had a .919 save percentage and a 2.34 goals against average in 45 games.
Gibson doesn’t have as many cards as the other rookies from the dual class, but the few he does have could be worth chasing. Gibson has just three Rookie Cards from Upper Deck Series Young Guns, Fleer Showcase (an autograph) and Panini Playbook (an autograph memorabilia card).
Gibson’s Young Guns card was once obtainable for $5-$8. It may be tough to get it for less than $20 now.
John Gibson key cards
2012-13 Between the Pipes Autographs #AJG
2012-13 ITG Heroes and Prospects Autographs #AG1 SP
2013-14 Artifacts #RED241 XRC /699
2013-14 Fleer Showcase #141 AU RC /149
2013-14 Fleer Showcase Red Glow #141 AU /27
2013-14 Panini Playbook #161 JSY AU RC /199
2013-14 Upper Deck #486 Young Guns
2013-14 Upper Deck Exclusives #486 /100