Brandon Gormley
Image: NHL

Brandon Gormley

Hometown:

Murray River Prince Edward Island

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-02-18

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2010

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2010

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

1st round (13th overall), 2010

Weight:

185 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

2007-08: Brandon Gormley played for Notre Dame of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA league.  He was chosen in the first round of the 2008 QMJHL Draft by the Moncton Wildcats.

2008-09: In his QMJHL rookie season, Gormley appeared in 62 games for the Wildcats, scoring 7 goals and adding 20 assists for 27 points.  he was +9 for the season, and totaled 34 penalty minutes.  Gormley played in 10 playoff games for the Wildcats, netting 1 goal and adding 3 assists for 4 points.

2009-10: Gormley played in 58 games for the Wildcats, scoring 9 goals and adding 34 assists for 43 points.  Registered a +31 rating while compiling 54 penalty minutes.  Played in 21 playoff games for the Wildcats, scoring 2 goals and adding 15 assists for 17 points to help the Wildcats win the QMJHL championship.   Played for Team Canada at the Ivan Hlinka Tournament, but missed the cut for the WJC Under-20 squad.  Played for Team Orr at the 2010 CHL Top Prospects Game.

2010-11: Gormley made his pro hockey debut as a 19-year-old, skating in four AHL games for San Antonio following a point-per-game season for the QMJHL’s Moncton Wildcats. He had 1 goal and was -1 in limited action with the Rampage. Gormley was the leading scorer amongst defensemen for Moncton despite playing just 47 games due to an early season knee injury. That injury prevented Gormley from playing for Canada at the 2011 U20 World Junior Championship. With Moncton he scored 13 goals with 35 assists. Gormley’s -16 plus/minus was troubling, but partially reflected him scoring 9 of his 13 goals on the power play. He finished with 42 PMs. Moncton advanced to the playoffs after finishing third in its division and in five playoff games Gormley was -2 with an assist and 6 PMs. He was named to the QMJHL Second All-Star team.

2011-12: Gormley had a memorable season — being named to the Memorial Cup All-Star team and winning a bronze medal with Canada at the 2012 U20 World Junior Championship. After attending camp with the Coyotes he returned to Moncton for a fourth season in the QMJHL. He scored 10 goals with 17 assists in 26 games with the Wildcats and was minus-9 with 18 assists. He and Canadiens’ prospect Morgan Ellis were acquired by Shawinigan in mid-season to bolster the club’s roster for the Memorial Cup – which the Cataractes hosted. He and had 5 assists and was plus-12 with 4 penalty minutes in nine games for the Cataractes before fracturing his ankle. Gormley returned during the QMJHL playoffs second round series with Chicoutimi and scored 5 goals with 2 assists; finishing with an even plus-minus and 8 penalty minutes in the seven-game series. The Cataractes, after nearly a month off, made amends for the playoff loss to Chicoutimi in the Memorial Cup,  defeating QMJHL champion Saint John’s  in overtime in the championship game. Gormley scored 3 goals with 6 assists and was plus-nine with 6 penalty minutes in six Memorial Cup Games.  Gormley was an assistant captain for Canada at the WJC and was named the tournament’s top defenseman — scoring 3 goals with 3 assists and finishing plus-four with 2 penalty minutes.

2012-13: Gormley skated for Phoenix AHL affiliate Portland in his first pro season. In 68 games he scored 5 goals with 24 assists and was -7 with 44 penalty minutes. The Pirates finished second in the Atlantic Division and were swept by Eastern Conference champion Syracuse in the first round — with two of the three losses in overtime. Gormley scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was +2 in the playoffs.

 

Talent Analysis

A talented two-way defenseman, Gormley provides skill, poise, and leadership on the back-end. Although he is an all-around defenseman, Gormley is developing into an exceptional offensive player with lethal power-play skills. His ability as a distributor, his hard, accurate shot, and strong in-zone work makes him one of the best defensive prospects in hockey.

 

Future

Gormley was solid in his initial rookie year with Portland but he is going to have a tough time breaking into the Phoenix blue line in 2013-14. At 21 he still has tons of time to get better at the AHL level and wait for his time to come.

 

Top 50: Brodin leads middle group in 2013 Spring prospect rankings

by HF Staff
on

Jonas Brodin - Minnesota Wild

Photo: Defenseman Jonas Brodin has been impressive for the Minnesota Wild. The 19-year-old Swede leads all rookies in average ice time. (courtesy of Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)

Many of the players in the middle section of the Hockey's Future 2013 Spring ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects have experienced excellent growth over the past season and have risen in the ranks as a result. Among the most notable is Minnesota Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin, who has played well for the Wild in a shutdown role alongside Ryan Suter.

Read more»

Team Rankings: Anaheim Ducks continue to have solid talent at all positions

by HF Staff
on

Sami Vatanan - Anaheim Ducks

Photo: After playing the past three seasons in Finland, defenseman Sami Vatanen made his way to North America and currently plays for the AHL affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks. (Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Below is the middle section Hockey’s Future’s NHL Team Rankings. The teams are ranked in terms of the quality of their overall prospect pool as voted on by the staff of Hockey's Future. For reference, just the top five prospects are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF's prospect criteria. The rankings are done twice a year, with the second scheduled to be published in the Spring.

Read more»

Defense once again highlights Phoenix Coyotes’ prospect system

by Andrew Sykes
on
Connor Murphy - Team USA

Photo: Defenseman Connor Murphy, who will compete for a spot on Team USA at the 2013 WJC, is one of three first-round picks on the Phoenix Coyotes' blue line depth chart. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 
As has been the case over the past few years, the Phoenix Coyotes prospect pool is built around their strong group of defensive prospects. Elite talents like Keith Yandle and Oliver Ekman-Larsson quickly became franchise cornerstones and gave way to a new crop led by the likes of first-round studs Brandon Gormley, David Rundblad, and Connor Murphy.

Read more»

Top 50: Chris Kreider on the verge of NHL stardom after incredible postseason performance

by HF Staff
on
Chris Kreider - New York Rangers

Photo: Chris Kreider's mix of blazing speed, a formidable frame, and outstanding hockey sense rank him among the top forward prospects in the NHL. (courtesy of Will Schneekloth/Icon SMI)

Winger Chris Kreider, already coming off a NCAA National Championship with Boston College, put on a show in 18 playoff games for the New York Rangers. The lockout will keep him from making an immediate impact for the Rangers in 2012-13, but like defensemen Brendan Smith and Brandon Gormley behind him, Kreider should benefit from significant ice time in the AHL rather than the pressure of making an immediate impact in the NHL.

Read more»

No shortage of Phoenix Coyotes prospects to watch in 2012-2013

by Andrew Sykes
on

Andy Miele - Phoenix Coyotes

Forward Andy Miele will again be relied upon as a main source of offense for the Coyotes' AHL affiliate Portland Pirates to open the 2012-13 season. (courtesy of Dustin Bradford/Icon SMI)

Although the lockout might cause some disappointment for Brandon Gormley and David Rundblad, two players on the cusp of full-time NHL duty, there is still the good news of them being able to further develop their high-level skills in the AHL. Gormley and Rundblad along with fellow Phoenix Coyotes prospects playing in the Europe, junior and the NCAA still have a full season ahead to prove their worth as prospects, regardless of the situation with the NHL.

Read more»