Maple Leafs sign Finnish goaltender Christopher Gibson

Per the Internet, which is always a wonderful source… 

A signing like this normally wouldn’t warrant a post, but it’s worth pointing out that in all the hemming and hawing about the Canadian Hockey League’s ban on imported goaltenders, Christopher Gibson was actually the only import taken in the first two rounds of the draft in the last six years.

Gibson had a .920 save percentage in 2011, the year he was taken 49th overall by Los Angeles. His next two years he fell off the map, posting .893 and .902 rates with Chicoutimi. That was good enough for 6th in the QMJHL last season, but not high enough to inspire enough confidence in the Kings, who failed to sign him to a deal.

Actually, the only noteworthy thing about him is that while his name is “Gibson”, he plays for Finland, and is listed as being born in the small Southern Finnish town of Karkkila. The Leafs don’t have a lot of prospect goalies in the system, with Garret Sparks as the only one listed, so I have no problem with the Leafs burning a contract on a goalie who can step in as an AHL backup next season.

As a player born at the tail-end of 1992, however, he is ineligible to return to junior hockey. Welcome to the Maple Leafs, latest product of the Finnish goaltending factory:

  • I MIGHT BE DRUNK ON ov , thus the early capitals, but I think the fuss about import goalies is not that they are not getting drafted, but that they are eating up spots in the development league….and not getting drafted!

  • Badger M

    Some say you can never have too many goalies but this now means either him or Sparks is going to be playing in the ECHL. Not a big issue if the Leafs had an ECHL team but they still don’t have one.

  • Lucius

    And more bad news. Nonis let Kostka walk and he signed with the Hawks. Nonis looks silly here – Kostka is not good enough for leafs but is good enough for the cup winner. Koksta was a key cog in the leaf defense when Gunnar got injured and was a major reason the leafs fell apart against the Bruins when he got injured. How many more mistakes will leaf nation tolerate before they rise up and demand that Nonis and Carlyle be replaced!

    • The_Boat_Burner

      I reckon that you’re the resident troll ’round these parts? pretty lame… Kostka is a 5th or 6th d-man on most teams, however he was capable of playing big minutes due to his extensive experience in the AHL playing that role. I liked the guy but he is by no means a big loss to the team. it’s funny how we tend to overvalue players in this market due to unseen intangibles.. Nonis and Carlyle are doing great so far. your whole shtick is pretty lame and unwarranted.. Grow up Sir!

  • Lucius

    So Nonis has so much confidence in Bernier that he goes and gets another back up. Another terrible move by Nonis and another nail in the coffin for Reimer. To me his stats look like Biggs long lost brother. The leafs are going to terrible in a few years.

  • Lucius

    So Nonis has so much confidence in Bernier that he goes and gets another back up. Another terrible move by Nonis and another nail in the coffin for Reimer. To me his stats look like Biggs long lost brother. The leafs are going to terrible in a few years.

  • Lucius

    Habs just traded Carey Price in a three team deal with Buffalo and the Oilers , he is going to Edmonton, Montreal gets Ryan Miller and Vanek, and the Sabres get Dubniak, Gionta, Eberle, and Habs prospect McCarron