Breaking down the Mitchell Gibson signing

Mitchell Gibson, Washington Capitals (Photo by Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)
Mitchell Gibson, Washington Capitals (Photo by Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images) /

The Washington Capitals invested in their goalie depth for the future by signing Mitchell Gibson to a one year entry level contract beginning next season. Gibson was selected in the fourth round at 124th overall in the 2018 NHL Draft.

The 23 year old’s contract will be worth $867,500. The goaltender is expected to sign an amateur tryout agreement with the Hershey Bears for the remainder of this season.

Gibson appeared in 27 games for Harvard University this season posting a record of 18-7-2 with a 2.25 goals against average, a .919 save percentage and three shutouts. The six foot three, 187 pound goaltender ranked third among ECAC goaltenders in goals against average and save percentage.

Gibson helped guide Harvard to their second straight NCAA Tournament appearance and was named to the All ECAC Hockey Second Team. Last season he recorded an 18-10-1 record with a 2.17 goals against average and a .918 save percentage. He started in 30 of Harvard’s 35 games helping them capture the 2022 ECAC Hockey Championship and a NCAA Tournament bid.

Gibson ranked second in the conference with 18 wins, fourth in minutes played with 1,739 and fifth in goals against average, earning Second Team All ECAC Hockey honors.

The Phoenixville, Pennsylvania native appeared in 23 games in his first year at Harvard in 2019-20, compiling a record of 11-8-3. Gibson ranked first among ECAC freshman in goals against average with 2.61 and save percentage with .916. He was also named to the ECAC Hockey All Rookie Team and All Ivy League Honorable Mention.

Gibson earned a shoutout in his first collegiate start on Nov. 8, 2019 versus Princeton. In 80 career games at Harvard, Gibson is 47-25-6 with six shutouts, a 2.32 goals against average and a .918 save percentage.

Gibson spent the 2018-19 season with the Central Illinois Flying Aces of the United States Hockey League (USHL) in 2017-18 and with the Lon Star Brahmas of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) where he was named NAHL Goaltender of the Year after posting a 26-7-5 record, a 1.59 goals against average, a .935 save percentage, and 11 shutouts in 43 games.

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