NHL Rumors: Is Brandon Gormley The Number 1 Coyotes Prospect?

By Jaime Eisner

NHL.com released the Phoenix Coyotes 30 in 30 feature on Tuesday. The feature included the top 10 prospects in the Coyotes organization and it ranks defenseman Brandon Gormley at number one.

In order to be considered a prospect for this feature, NHL.com caps the number of NHL games played at 20, so players like Chris Summers, David Rundblad and Oliver Ekman-Larsson were not eligible to make this list. Here is the top 10:

1. Brandon Gormley (D)
2. Connor Murphy (D)
3. Michael Stone (D)
4. Mark Visentin (G)
5. Brendan Shinnimin (F)
6. Henrik Samuelsson (F)
7. Chris Brown (F)
8. Maxim Goncharov (D)
9. Jordan Martinook (F)
10. Andy Miele (F)

Only two players in the top 10 have even made an appearance for the Coyotes in the regular season: Stone and Miele. The rest have yet to play their first career NHL game. Two draft picks from this year made the list. They were first round pick Samuelsson and second round pick Martinook. Eight of the 10 listed were drafted by the Coyotes, with four drafted in round one, and two were signed by the Coyotes as undrafted free agents–Miele and Shinnimin.

The Coyotes are known for having a deep defense corps and it shows up in the prospect rankings because the top three prospects are all defensemen. Fans should be able to see all the players listed in Coyotes training camp next month.

Do you think Gormley is the number one prospect in the Coyotes system? How would you order the list? Comment below on who you think should be number one, but remember that the player must have played fewer than 20 NHL games for consideration.

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