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Prized Phoenix prospect Gormley: “I’m ready to turn pro”

Jun 29, 2012, 1:24 PM EDT

Brandon Gormley

The Phoenix Coyotes had a pretty deep blueline before acquiring Zbynek Michalek at the draft.

Now, it promises to get even deeper.

That’s the word out of the desert today as Brandon Gormely — the Shawinigan (QMJHL) blueliner taken 13th overall at the 2010 draft — told the Arizona Republic he’s ready to leap to the NHL.

“I feel like my game and where I’m at I’m ready to turn pro,” Gormley said. “I’m confident with where I’m at right now, and obviously this is a big summer here to give myself the best chance I can to crack the lineup.”

Gormley accomplished almost all of what junior hockey had to offer last season. He represented Team Canada at the 2012 Worlds, racked up a ton of individual awards and won the Memorial Cup with the Cataractes — and now he wants to test himself at the next level.

Just one problem: The aforementioned deep Coyotes defense.

The ‘Yotes already have Michalek, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Derek Morris, Rusty Klesla and Keith Yandle on the books, though Yandle has been shopped, most notably at the draft.

On the farm, Phoenix boasts a deep blueline prospect pool that includes Gormley, David Rundblad, Connor Murphy, Michael Stone and Maxim Goncharov.

(Oh yeah, David Schlemko also has a year left on his deal.)

As such, the Coyotes aren’t ready to pencil Gormley into their starting lineup. But they are ready to see him compete for a spot.

“I expect [Gormley] to come with a purpose of making our team,” coach Dave Tippett said. “He’s gone through all the experiences he needs to. He’s a proven winner, plays a very intelligent game. I think the maturity and just the physical maturity will help him as he goes along here.

“I expect him to put us in a position where we have a hard decision.”

  1. lostpuppysyndrome - Jun 29, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Well, the wheels are on the car, now they just need an engine.

    • wisbadgers - Jun 29, 2012 at 7:49 PM

      That is ridiculous. To insinuate that Tippett doesn’t know how to coach and that the Coyotes don’t have an “engine” is the most asinine thing I’ve ever heard. Do yourself a favor. Watch a game of hockey, only one game. Now, go watch a game of a team with a great coach. Watch the Coyotes, yes, I’m saying Tippett is a great coach.
      If you still think that the Coyotes don’t have an engine, then obviously you’re the smartest person in the world cause to take a team with financial limitations and turn them into a constant playoff team, well, smartest man in the world, I’d say that Tippett is one fine engine.

      Now, if you’re insinuating the ownership situation, I ask you to find a message board speaking of that, cause I don’t think you can read and understand at the same time. This article is about Gormerly making the team in the NHL, not about ownership issues.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 2, 2012 at 9:04 AM

        Exactly, it’s not about ownership issues and I wasn’t referring to ownership issues. I’ve watched and played plenty of hockey. However, Phoenix needs firepower. No one denies that. Take a pill dude. No disrespect to Tippett. He’s done a ton of work with that team and made the most out of what he’s been given.

  2. thenewraoulduke - Jun 29, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    I saw Gormley at the Prospect Development Camp and it did look like he may be ready to play in the NHL. I think the Yotes may trade Schlemko and pair Gormley with Klesla

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