Lausanne is very ambitious and announced one of its new import players in view of the 2020-21 season. We’re talking about Brian Gibbons, 32 years old American that for the first time in his life will play in a European league.
Let’s get to know more about him.
Date of Birth: February 26th, 1988
Brian Gibbons was born on February 26th, 1988 – the same day as my grandpa, this is an information you don’t care about but that gives me many emotions – in Braintree (MA).
He is undrafted but spent the whole first part of his career around the NHL. Brian Gibbons attended the Boston College where he played four seasons with the Boston College Eagles in the NCAA between 2007 and 2011 prior to turning professional. He played the last season as the team’s alternate captain, winning the title twice and making it to the finals once.
160 games, 164 points. That was a nice “business card” that earned him the interest from the Pittsburgh Penguins, that signed him in April of 2011.
Brian Gibbons spent his first two seasons as a professional in the AHL with the farm team of the Penguins – the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins – and then made his debut in the most prestigious league of the world on November 18th, 2013. And what a debut that was… during his first NHL game, Brian scored against the Anaheim Ducks!
Gibbons spent that 2013-14 season both in the NHL and in the AHL. Then, however, he never really settled down anywhere.
Between 2014 and 2020 in fact, the American forward signed contracts with, in the order, Columbus Blue Jackets, New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils, Anaheim Ducks, Ottawa Sentators and finally Carolina Hurricanes. He spent a lot of time with the AHL’s farm teams of the clubs he signed for – for example, he never played in the NHL with the New York Rangers – and never really found some stability. Apart from the 2017-18 season, that he spent entirely in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils and that was concluded with the participation at the Worlds with the USA.
Overall, during his career, Brian Gibbons collected 393 AHL appearances (190 points) and 206 NHL appearances (70 points). Perhaps in Lausanne he’s also looking for a place to settle down for a while and prove his value as a player.
It’s difficult for us to judge Brian Gibbons. Even if only because he changed really a lot of teams. One thing is sure though: the guy has got potential and is so determined. He proved that especially during his years as a junior. Right to get to know more about him anyway, we got in touch with someone who’s been following him from close in the recent past. In this case, we had the chance to meet Ryan Henkel of “Canescountry”.
Let’s see what he can tell us about the player.
I would classify Gibbons as a high-energy, two-way forward.
His best performances with the Hurricanes were on the defensive side of the game and while he was fruitless in his time there, I’d say he is capable of being a stable 15-30 point scorer in the NHL if playing for a full season.
He is very tenacious, and I would say pest-like with hounding puck carriers and grinding out in corners or along the boards.
All in all, he is just a very hardworking player and he doesn’t cut corners.
I’d say his weakness is his size, but today’s game is moving past that factor more and more, so then another weakness could be that he isn’t offensively geared.
His hands are okay, and his offensive instincts aren’t great. He won’t necessarily be wowing you on that side of the ice, but he is a steady performer.
Thank you very much, Ryan!
Lausanne may have top class players in its roster. Therefore, we think that the addition of a tenacious hard-working player like Brian Gibbons – capable also of scoring points – can be a winning move. We saw last season in Genève what a player like Eric Fehr can bring to the team… the latter really made the difference, not only in terms of points but mostly because of what he brought in on the ice.
We mean, maybe Brian Gibbons didn’t really leave his mark in the NHL. But he can certainly leave his mark in Switzerland with Lausanne.
* Brian Gibbons made his NHL debut on November 18th, 2013. He scored on his debut – at his first shot on goal 3 minutes and 52 seconds into the third period of play – and enriched his performance also with an assist. Brian was on the ice for the Pittsburgh Penguis that earned a 3-1 win against Anaheim. As a fun fact, the Ducks has also Luca Sbisa and Daniel Winnik (currently at Genève Servette) in their team.
* Brian Gibbons played with several players that can be linked to Switzerland. At the times of the Boston College he played a season with Nathan Gerbe (former Genève Servette). During his first season as a professional then, with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, he shared the locker room also with the former Ambrì-Piotta Bryan Lerg and the former Lausanne (!!) Dustin Jeffrey. That’s not all though. When he played with the Hartford Wolf Pack, he played alongside Calle Andersson (currently at Bern). How to forget then that during the 2017-18 season he played with Mirco Müller and Nico Hischier at the New Jersey Devils? Finally, he also played with Nino Niderreited for a while last season in Carolina.
* Gibbons took part in the 2017 Worlds with the USA. He didn’t score points in 7 games… but he nevertheless helped the team to win the bronze medal!