Penguins sign College Standout Gibbons
The Penguins have signed 5’8” center Brian Gibbons to a 2 year ELC.
Gibbons attended Penguins prospect camp in July along with fellow signees Alex Smigelski (12 ECHL goals coming from a NCAA Div III school) and Paul Thompson.
Only Brady Lamb remains from the unsigned invitees from Prospect Camp in July.
Gibbons is an undersized forward that needs to get a lot stronger but he is no pushover. Gibbons has had 78 and 79 PIM over the last two years in college and is an extremely feisty player.
He is also an excellent skater as well as an above average passer.
Here is what JB of the Citizen’s Voice has to say about Gibbons:
Pittsburgh signed college free agent Brian Gibbons to a two-year, entry-level deal. Heâ€™s an undersized center (5-8, 160) who has put up 100 points for Boston College over the last two seasons. He sounds like an ideal candidate to join WBS on an amateur tryout, but the team has not announced its intentions as far as that goes.
And here is what Hockey’s Future had to say before Gibbon’s draft year:
Mike Oâ€™Connell, director of the New England Pro Am Hockey League, said this about Gibbonsâ€™ performance – â€œHe probably was the biggest surprise out of all the ranked players as he performed well beyond our expectations. For his size, he was exceptionally strong going to the net on 5-5 situations. On the power play, he was able to maneuver with no problem given the added space. In the Championship Game vs. Team Ontario, a team that had five (5) Ranked Players from the OPJHL, Brian had his best game. He was a force throughout the game, sometimes double shifting through Coach Rob Griffin, and was a leader up front against a very big and very good Team Ontario Defense. Brian was named to the All-Tournament Team and could easily have been named the MVP. In speaking to NHL Scouts after the tournament, they all agreed that the Ranking Central Scouting had for Brian was more than justified. It was felt that a selection in the early rounds would pay off for any NHL team who might choose Brian on June 24th.â€