Just about an hour after New Jersey added goaltender Anders Lindback to its roster invitee list on Thursday, the Devils and center Brian Gibbons agreed to a PTO, according to Elite Prospects.
After playing for four years at Boston College, the Massachusetts product signed a two-year, entry-level contract worth $1.8 million at the NHL level with the Pittsburgh Penguins in the spring 2011. On Nov. 18, 2013, he received his first chance to play in the NHL and scored a goal.
Gibbons played 41 games that season, scoring five goals and 17 points en route to a plus-5 rating. He tallied his first power-play goal off a deflection from defenseman Olli Maatta on Feb. 3, 2014. Gibbons also played in eight playoff games in 2014, scoring two goals while registering three points in all.
That summer, he left the Penguins’ organization and signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets. In 25 games with Columbus, he scored zero goals with five assists alongside a plus-2 rating.
Gibbons signed with the New York Rangers last summer, but he didn’t appear in a NHL game during the 2015-2016 season. With the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL, he scored six goals and 23 points in 63 games.
At 5-8 and 170 pounds, Gibbons lacks the size to play in the NHL, but he does have great hands and a good hockey sense. His production as a bottom-six forward while in Pittsburgh, and his plus-7 rating in 66 career games isn’t all that bad. That is apparently enough to get him in the door with the Devils as he will have to shine in training camp in order to make the roster.