"He's a very confident goalie, has an air of confidence about him. He's got very good net coverage, has good size and is very strong in his crease. He plays determined and aggressive, his movements are controlled, he tracks the puck very well and he challenges properly and holds his ground. He battled hard in all areas. He has a good, solid butterfly, was quick at gathering in any loose pucks and has good overall quickness."
-- Al Jensen
Most top European prospects are told to stay home and support their local club teams. But when
talked to his parents about leaving his Karkkila, Finland home for Canada, they were OK with it.
That's how Gibson, a 6-foot-1, 193-pound goaltender, started a journey across North America that now has him playing for the Chicoutimi Sagueneens in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
"It was a weird decision, but it was a good decision for me," Gibson told NHL.com. "I wanted to go play in a higher level of hockey. There's good hockey in Finland, but I always wanted to play in Canada."
It's a decision that's worked well for his hockey future, as NHL Central Scouting has him ranked among the top players to watch in the QMJHL for the 2010-11 season and heading into the 2011 Entry Draft. He's 4-1 in five games this season, fourth in the league with a 1.78 goals-against average and third with a .941 save percentage.