Brandon Gormley
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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:

Trade with Arizona, 2015

Weight:

185 lbs.

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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. Gormley was chosen in the first round, 13th overall, of the 2010 NHL Draft by the Phoenix Coyotes.

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.

2013-14: Gormley made his NHL debut with the Coyotes in a March 10th game at Tampa Bay — skating in five games with Phoenix and playing 54 games for the AHL’s Portland Pirates in his second pro season. He was +4 with no points and 4 penalty minutes, averaging 14:32 minutes of ice time with the Coyotes. Gormley was the top scoring defenseman for Portland, scoring 7 goals with 29 assists, and was -22 with 34 penalty minutes. Portland finished last in the Atlantic Division, missing the playoffs.

2014-15: Gormley skated in 27 NHL games with Arizona in his second pro season, splitting the season between the Coyotes and the Portland Pirates. He scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was -7 with 10 penalty minutes, averaging 15 minutes of ice time with Arizona. Gormley scored 3 goals with 7 assists and had an even plus/minus with 18 penalty minutes in 23 games for Portland. The Pirates finished fourth in the Atlantic Division, falling to eventual Calder Cup champion Manchester in a first-round playoff series. Gormley scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was -3 with 2 penalty minutes in five playoff games. He was re-signed by Arizona to a one-year contract as a restricted free agent in July and in September was acquired by Colorado from the Coyotes in exchange for defenseman Stefan Elliot.

Talent Analysis

Gormley is a talented two-way defenseman who 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 compares favorably with other young defenseman.

Future

Gormley was dealt by the Arizona Coyotes to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Stefan Elliott attended his first training camp with Colorado in 2015-16. Now in his fourth pro season, he played 26 games with the Avalanche before being waived and assigned to AHL affiliate San Antonio in January 2015. Highly-regarded as a prospect since he was selected 13th overall in 2010, the 24-year-old has struggled to stay in the NHL on a permanent basis. Long-term Gromley projects as a puck mover who can contribute to the attack from the backend but at this point it looks like he will spend most of his career shuttling between the AHL and NHL.

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