23-Year-Old Defenseman – Colorado Avalanche
Brandon Gormley Contract Information:
Signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Coyotes in July 2015. Deal is worth $850,000 at the NHL level.
The Coyotes traded Gormley to the Avalanche on Wednesday in exchange for Stefan Elliott, Drew Spevak of ESPN Denver reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Gormley was the Coyotes' top-ranked defense prospect heading into last season, but seemed to lose that distinction to Connor Murphy by the end of 2013-14, as he only saw action in five games with the big club. He did manage to deliver a strong offensive season at AHL Portland with seven goals and 36 points, but it came with a minus-22 rating. Gormley should be in the mix for a roster spot in camp considering his polished offensive skill set, but heíll need to step up his work on the back end in order to solidify a job on the teamís third pairing.
Gormley is one of the better blue line prospects in the league and is likely to be one of the first call-ups from the AHL in the event of injuries on the big club. He had 29 points in 68 games in the AHL last season and he'll be valuable in the desert if he can bring that same offensive spark to the Coyotes.
Gormley spent 2011-12 in the QMJHL after being the 13th overall draft pick by the Coyotes in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Yet another piece of the impressive blue line stockpile, Gormley tallied 32 points in 35 games between two clubs last season, finishing with an overall plus-3 rating. Yotes' general manager Don Maloney has said Gormley is the most likely of all the prospects to crack the roster out of training camp this year, but he would be best served with another year of development.
Gormley played in 51 games last season between the QMJHL and AHL, tallying 14 goals and 35 assists before suffering a knee injury. GM Don Maloney expects Gormley, a former first-round pick, to contend for a roster spot with the Coyotes in 2011-12. Gormley brings a nice burst of offense to the ice from the blue line despite finishing last season with a combined minus-17 rating.