Red Wings Sign Two-Way Defensive Prospect; Turns Pro Immediately

After an impressive post-draft season, Detroit Red Wings' second-round pick from 2023, solid two-way defenseman Andrew Gibson, is officially on board, signing his first pro contract.

It's a three-year entry-level deal for the 6-foot-4 right-shot blueliner, and he'll immediately suit up for the organization, on an amateur tryout with the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins. He'll join their playoff campaign which just kicked off with a Game 1 win over Rockford on Saturday.

“I’m a bigger guy, I like to use my size to my advantage,” Gibson said, per Detroit Hockey Now. “I think I skate well for a big guy as well.

“I think I can play both ends of the ice, offensively and defensively.”

His numbers with the Soo Greyhounds this season certainly prove his point, as Gibson posted 12 goals and 32 assists for 44 points, with a robust plus-36 rating.

The 19-year-old was selected by Detroit with the 42nd overall pick in the 2023 NHL Draft. At 6'4", 206 pounds, he figures to be a "big" part of the Red Wings future plans for the blueline, though he'll likely return to Sault Ste. Marie for the 2024-25 season.

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