DALLAS, TX – Brahmas goaltender Mitchell Gibson was drafted by the defending Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals in the NHL Entry Draft this past Saturday. Gibson was drafted 124th overall in the fourth round of the Draft.
Gibson was the first American-born goaltender to hear his name called inside the American Airlines Center, becoming the highest Brahmas draft pick ever.
After meeting with some of the Capitals executives, Gibson spoke with media and said, “I knew Washington was a possibility, but you never know. It really is a dream come true. After this past year, I had a lot of confidence in my game and myself. I was real excited to get an opportunity with Lone Star in the NAHL this year.
Gibson attended the draft with his parents Mark and Christine, and because the draft was held in Dallas, plenty of Brahmas fans were able to attend.
“You’re not too sure when your name’s going to get called, but to be here with my parents and taking it in and seeing familiar faces from the Lone Star organization, it’s just crazy how this all happened,” Gibson said.
The Capitals are accustomed to drafting goaltenders in the fourth round of the NHL Draft. In 2008, the Capitals drafted Vezina and Jennings Trophy winner Braden Holtby 93rd overall. In 2010, they selected a German goaltender by the name of Philipp Grubauer in the fourth round.
Gibson is set to attend the Capitals Prospect Development Camp at the end of June before closing the 2017-18 season. This past year, Gibson was recognized as the NAHL’s Goaltender and Rookie of the Year, took home the title as the South Division MVP, tied an NAHL record posting 11 shutouts in one regular season and finished with an overall record (including playoffs) of 31-10-9.
The last NAHL goaltender to receive the highest Goaltender and Rookie honors was Connor Hellebuyck, who did so in 2011-12 with the Odessa Jackalopes. Hellebuyck was a Vezina Trophy finalist this past season, which is given to the NHL’s best goaltender.
The Phoenixville, PA native also finished the regular season leading in the NAHL in goals against average (1.59) and save percentage (93.5%), which were both the lowest numbers in the league since the 2014-15 season. He represented the Brahmas on the NAHL Selects team at the Top Prospects Tournament and will attend Harvard University in the fall of 2019 after one more year of playing juniors with the Central Illinois Flying Aces of the USHL.
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