Gibson Is Top-RankedNorth American Goaltender For 2011 NHL Entry Draft
/ Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh’s John Gibson is the top-ranked North American goaltending prospect for the 2011 NHL Draft, according to mid-term rankings released Monday by the NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau.
Gibson, who grew up in Whitehall and played amateur hockey for the Pittsburgh Hornets, is currently playing for the U.S. National Development Under-18 Team in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
He is part of a group of five Pittsburgh area prospects ranked among the best players available for the 2011 draft. The four others also played developmental hockey in the Pittsburgh Hornets system: Brandon Saad, J.T. Miller, Vincent Trocheck and Barrett Kaib. In addition, Saad and Kaib played local high school hockey in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League.
• Saad, a left winger from Gibsonia who plays for Saginaw of the Ontario Hockey League, is ranked no. 8 among North American skaters. • Miller, a center from East Palestine, Ohio and Moon who plays for the U.S. National Development Under-18 Team, is ranked no. 13. • Trocheck, a center from Pittsburgh who plays alongside Saad at Saginaw, is no. 42. • Kaib, a defenseman from Upper St. Clair who plays for the USND Under-18 team, is no. 175.
The NHL Central Scouting Bureau released its mid-term rankings on the same day that another Pittsburgh product, Matt Bartkowski, who played for Mt. Lebanon High School and the Pittsburgh Predators, made his NHL debut with the Boston Bruins against the Penguins at CONSOL Energy Center.