Too early to call this a steal, but...
I have news for the 12 teams that went to the podium at the Staples Center first last night.
(Save maybe the first two.)
Sucks to be you.
But never mind where Brandon Gormley was supposed to go (and I don't mean Calgary, but I'll take a bittersweet bite out of them too, thanks Darryl). He received ample praise from E.J. McGuire that may have lifted much weight out of the Wait, so to speak, in that Gormley was compared to Olympian Shea Weber.
He has also drawn a few similarities from another Moncton defenseman, now teammate, Keith Yandle. While each former #3 Wildcat rocked their own blueline in their respective eras of the QMJHL, Yandle is more offensive-minded whereas Gormley presents the whole package. He finished the 2009-10 season with a plus-31 rating, good for third among Moncton defensemen, which might be overlooked if you forget that the other two are already NHL-drafted themselves (Mark Barberio, TB, and David Savard, CBJ).
His game kicked up quite a notch in the playoffs, however. In the run for the President's Cup Trophy he tallied 17 points, and was the main point of frustration for many opposing forwards in their attempts to get to goaltender Nicola Riopel's net (and you need look no further for proof of said frustration than league offensive juggernauts Drummondville and Saint John, each having obliterated opponents with a combined 119-53 goal differential before facing the puzzle that proved to be Moncton.)
Numbers and comparisons aside, Gormley has a good head on his shoulders. Consult post-draft media interviews (http://coyotes.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=63137) for further examples of this. He is poised, focused and most of all, thrilled to have found himself in a solid, young organization like the Coyotes.
Meanwhile, the Habs and Yotes swapped picks later in the round. OHL goaltender Mark Visentin was chosen 27th overall, a surprise pick the other way around in that he was not projected in the top 30. The Hamilton native was the only Ontario league goaltender selected to appear in Canada's National Junior Team Development Camp, and despite playing for the Niagara IceDogs (26-34-2-6 last season) has a strong attitude and determination to put up winning numbers.
Round 2 awaits in less than an hour, when more future Coyotes will take the stage. Also, before I leave you for now, many belated congratulations to Shane Doan and Dave Tippett for being awarded with the King Clancy and Jack Adams trophies, respectively.