Position: Defenseman | Height: 6-foot-1 | Weight 175 lbs
FanHouse Ranking: No. 4 | Age: 18 | Hometown: Murray River, PE, CA
If you have a top-five or top-10 pick, and you have the choice between a greatly talented player who may be a risk due to injury, character, or developmental concerns, and that player is up against a guy who you know will turn into a solid NHL player, it can be very tough to take the "more talented" player.
When those risks are much less significant, and the "safe" pick is a guy who could play in the NHL for years to come, you can understand how the decision would be more difficult.
Gormley lacks flair and flash, but he does all the important stuff well. He can skate, he's physical, he moves the puck extremely well, and he can play in any situation without hesitation.
For those who think Gormley is just another stay-at-home defenseman, watch him intercept this pass and score while his Wildcats were down two men earlier this season.