Barberio, Mark

11 for 6: Brandon Gormley

Name: Brandon Gormley
Position: Defenseman
Shoots: Left
Height: 6.02
Weight: 185
Born: 2/18/92, Murray River, PEI
Last Team: Moncton (QMJHL)
Rankings: CSS 6 (NA Skaters), ISS 5 (Skaters), RLR 5 (Overall), THN 7 (Overall)

2009-2010 Statistics:
Moncton (QMJHL), 58 GP, 9-34-43, +31, 54 PIM
Moncton (QMJHL) Playoffs, 21 GP, 2-5-17, +14, 10 PIM

If you’re looking for a sexy draft pick, you’re not going to find one in Moncton’s Brandon Gormley. If you’re looking for a solid two-way defenseman who is going to play 20+ minutes a night and have a 10-15 year NHL career, Gormley’s probably your man. Gormley’s positives are that he’s got a good sized frame, is a strong skater, passes the puck well, and he’s an extremely cerebral defender. A product of the same Notre Dame prep school that began the careers of Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards, efficiency is the hallmark of Gormley's game. He is incredibly cool under pressure and has a propensity of using his positioning and mobility to win races for loose pucks and move them out of danger long before forecheckers arrive on the scene. The down side is that Gormley is lacking in upper body strength, as evidenced by his poor performance at the NHL Combine, which has been a contributing factor to accusations that he plays a bit soft. In addition, while Gormley has upside as a puck mover at even strength, there are some doubts that he will ever be a top flight power play quarterback in the NHL. The Lightning have no doubt seen plenty of Gormley, whose teammate at Moncton was none other than recently signed prospect Mark Barberio, so they likely know exactly what they’re getting if they select the PEI native. The question is how keen the Lightning will be to use a sixth overall pick on a player that doesn’t have the dynamic offensive upside of a future number one defenseman and who is a lefty shot and therefore likely will be relegated to the second power play unit by Victor Hedman. Will the Lightning be willing to select a quiet, solid, 30+ point a year, minute eating defenseman when there are dynamic scorers at the forward positions still sitting on the board? That’s a tough call to make for any scouting staff, even if it’s the right one.

Previous Prospect Profiles:
11 for 6: G, Jack Campbell
11 for 6: D, Cam Fowler
11 for 6: D, Erik Gudbranson

Will Leblanc's Situation Affect Alex Killorn?

Rumors have been swirling all week that Montreal first round draft pick Louis Leblanc may have already decided to leave Harvard University after one season with the Crimson. Montreal writer Pat Hickey penned a story for the Montreal Gazette on Wednesday claiming the speedy forward might be weighing whether to go to the QMJHL or sign with the Canadiens and play in the AHL for Hamilton. Compounding the intrigue was that Leblanc, whose junior rights were held by Chicoutimi, apparently had a preference to play for the Montreal Juniors in the QMJHL so he could also attend classes at McGill University to continue his education.

Today, at the tail end of the QMJHL Midget Draft, Chicoutimi traded Leblanc's rights to the Montreal Juniors, along with a 3rd round pick, for Guillaume Asselin and a 2011 first round pick. That will only serve to intensify speculation that Leblanc may leave Harvard. If Leblanc leaves, he will add to a list of players not returning to the Crimson that already included graduating seniors Doug Rogers, Chad Morin, Alex Biega, Jack Christian, and Ian Tallett. While only Rogers, Morin, and Biega were serious contributors to Harvard last season, it's important to bear in mind the club has only won 9 games each of the past two seasons. Losing those players and their leading scorer, Leblanc, may be a death sentence for Ted Donato's club next season.

All that begs the question: what about Alex Killorn? Killorn, a 2007 3rd round pick of the Lightning, has been routinely singled out over the past couple of seasons as being one of the team's best young talents in prospect camps but has failed to garner much publicity playing for a sinking Harvard club. If Leblanc leaves, can the Lightning allow one of their ten best prospects to languish through another potential single-digits win season at Harvard? Would it be better for his development to sign Killorn and have him begin his pro career with Norfolk of the AHL? Expect new GM Steve Yzerman to seriously contemplate that option if Killorn impresses him as much at this summer's prospect camp as he has other Hockey Operations people with the Lightning in previous camps.

If Killorn were to be signed, he'd join fellow signees Johan Harju and Mark Barberio from an already strong class of incoming pros. The team could also still sign 2009 2nd round pick Richard Panik, who just completed his first World Championships appearance for Slovakia.

Hat tip to our Chad Schnarr, who has been following this situation closely on BoltProspects' Twitter feed.

Lightning Inks Barberio to Entry Level Deal

According to a Twitter report from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune, the Tampa Bay Lightning have signed prospect defenseman Mark Barberio to an entry level contract. Details of the contract are not yet know, but the Lightning had until Tuesday, June 1 to ink the blueliner or he would have been eligible to return to this summer's NHL entry draft. The Lightning are under the same deadline to sign prospect forward Kyle DeCoste or lose him to the draft as well. Both players were drafted in the 2008 NHL Entry draft -- a draft class that includes forwards Steven Stamkos and James Wright, and goaltender Dustin Tokarski.

Barberio led his Moncton Wildcats to a berth in the 2010 Memorial Cup tournament as the QMJHL champion. Barberio scored 17 goals and added 43 assists in 65 regular season games for the Wildcats.

Memorial Cup Game Night: 5-18-10

Windsor Spitfires 4 vs. Moncton Wildcats 3 (OT)
Memorial Cup Round Robin Play
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (holding)
Tournament Totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
Playoff Totals: 21 GP, 5-17-22, +10, 12 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 17-43-60, +39, 72 PIM

Despite already clinching a spot in the tournament’s championship game, Windsor clawed their way back from a 3-2 third period deficit to force overtime and ultimately defeat the QMJHL champion Wildcats 4-3. With the loss, Moncton fell to 0-3. Their tournament and season are now complete. Barberio did not register a point in the round robin portion of the event, and the last picture of the Wildcats’ season will be a dejected Barberio standing in front of goaltender Shane Owen as Windsor celebrates in the background. Although the ultimate ending is now what Barberio envisioned, his team did win their league championship, he had a career year statistically, was a finalist for defenseman of the year, and led all blueliners in playoff points. He should have an NHL contract in his immediate future and projects to be playing defense for AHL Norfolk next season. Barberio has the offensive mindset and talent to be a successful pro. He’ll need a couple years honing his own-zone skills before flirting with a possible spot in the NHL.

Draft Watch
Moncton defenseman Brandon Gormley, a possibility for the Lightning at No.6 in the summer’s draft, had a goal and an assist in the game and played worthy of a prospect expected to go in the upper portion of the top-10 in this summer’s draft. Gormley Tournament Totals: 3 GP, 1-2-3, 0 PIM. Meanwhile, Windsor's Cam Fowler, a defenseman expected to be taken just before the Lightning pick, scored his first of the tournament in the Moncton game. He's 1-3-4 after three games.

Memorial Cup Game Night: 5-16-10

Brandon Wheat Kings 4 vs. Moncton Wildcats 0
Memorial Cup Round Robin Play
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Tournament Totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
Playoff Totals: 21 GP, 5-17-22, +10, 12 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 17-43-60, +39, 72 PIM

Moncton fell to 0-2 in round robin play, the victim Sunday of playing an embarrassed host-city squad fresh off a 9-3 loss to Windsor. Speaking of the defending champs, Moncton next faces Windsor on Tuesday in a must-win game. Barberio got caught pinching a few times, two of which resulted in Brandon goals going the other way. He continues to log significant ice time for the Wildcats.

Draft Watch
Moncton defenseman Brandon Gormley, a possibility for the Lightning at No.6 in the summer’s draft, had an even rating in the game. He was the subject of a Sportsnet feature in which he said former Lightning draft pick and Conn Smythe Trophy winner Brad Richards has been a huge influence on his career thus far. Both are P.E.I. natives. Gormley Tournament Totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM.

Memorial Cup Game Night: 5-15-10

Calgary Hitmen 5 vs. Moncton Wildcats 4
Memorial Cup Round Robin Play
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (roughing)
Playoff Totals: 21 GP, 5-17-22, +10, 12 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 17-43-60, +39, 72 PIM

Calgary came back from 3-0 and 4-2 deficits to steal a win in the Memorial Cup opener for both teams. The game winner came when a shot around the boards hit a partition and bounced to Moncton goalie Nicola Riopel, who didn’t see Hitmen forward Tyler Shattock coming around the net. Shattock banged in the loose puck. Barberio played a strong game, logging a large amount of ice time and created a few chances in the offensive zone. Moncton next plays tournament host Brandon Sunday afternoon on NHL Network.

Draft Watch
Moncton defenseman Brandon Gormley, a possibility for the Lightning at No.6 in the summer’s draft, had an assist. The Sportsnet announcers couldn't stop talking about his poise, and at one time said he'd play 10+ years in the NHL. Gormley Playoff Totals: 21 GP, 2-15-17, +14, 4 PIM.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 5-10-10

QMJHL

St. John Sea Dogs 4 @ Moncton Wildcats 7
QMJHL Finals, Game 6. Moncton wins Best of 7 Series 4-2
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoff Totals: 21 GP, 5-17-22, +10, 12 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 17-43-60, +39, 72 PIM

Moncton won their second President’s Cup (2006) by defeating top-seed and provincial rival St. John 7-4 in Game 6 to win the series 4-2. The Wildcats now advance to the 2010 Memorial Cup in Brandon, Manitoba, where they will open against WHL champion Calgary on Saturday. Windsor (OHL) and Brandon (host) will also be participating. Barberio was scoreless in Game 6 despite the Wildcats’ seven goals, but still finished as the playoff leading scorer among defensemen by three points. Moncton’s Gabriel Bourque (Predators 5/09) won playoff MVP, thanks in part to his eight goals in the Finals. Barberio finished the finals with seven assists and a plus-four rating. He is the only current Lightning draftee to be participating in the 2010 Memorial Cup.

Draft Watch
Moncton defenseman Brandon Gormley, a possibility for the Lightning at No.6 in the summer’s draft, was scoreless and plus-2 in Game 6. Gormley Playoff Totals: 21 GP, 2-15-17, +14, 4 PIM.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 5-8-10

QMJHL

Moncton Wildcats 5 @ St. John Sea Dogs 1
QMJHL Finals, Game 5. Moncton leads Best of 7 Series 3-2
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-2-2, +3, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *Second Star*
Playoff Totals: 20 GP, 5-17-22, +10, 12 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 17-43-60, +39, 72 PIM

Moncton earned their biggest win of the year thus far, knocking off top-seeded St. John on the road to take a 3-2 series lead in the QMJHL Finals. The Wildcats are one win away from a league championship and joining WHL champion Calgary, OHL champion Windsor, and host Brandon at the 2010 Memorial Cup. Barberio’s two assists upped his lead in the playoff scoring race among defensemen to three points over St. John’s Simon Despres (Penguins 1/09). Game 6 is Monday in Moncton.

Draft Watch
Moncton defenseman Brandon Gormley, a possibility for the Lightning at No.6 in the summer’s draft, was scoreless and even in Game 4. He had 2 PIM and 1 shot on goal. Gormley Playoff Totals: 20 GP, 2-15-17, +12, 4 PIM.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 5-7-10

QMJHL

St. John Sea Dogs 3 @ Moncton Wildcats 2 (OT)
QMJHL Finals, Game 4. Best of 7 Series tied 2-2
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Playoff Totals: 19 GP, 5-15-20, +7, 12 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 17-43-60, +39, 72 PIM

Moncton came back from a 2-0 deficit, but the Sea Dogs won in the overtime thriller 3-2 to tie the series at two games apiece. Barberio went scoreless for the first time in three games, and it was a cross-ice pass in the Moncton zone between him and Brandon Gormley that was intercepted and ended up in the back of the Wildcats net for St. John’s second goal – a shorthanded marker they’d like to have back. The pivotal Game 5 will be played in St. John Saturday.

Draft Watch
Moncton defenseman Brandon Gormley, a possibility for the Lightning at No.6 in the summer’s draft, was scoreless and minus-2 in Game 4. Gormley Playoff Totals: 19 GP, 2-15-17, +12, 2 PIM.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 5-4-10

QMJHL

Moncton Wildcats 4 @ St. John Sea Dogs 6
QMJHL Finals, Game 3. Moncton leads Best of 7 Series 2-1
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoff Totals: 18 GP, 5-15-20, +8, 12 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 17-43-60, +39, 72 PIM

St. John raced out to 2-0 and 5-1 leads to help them to a big 6-4 in Game 3 of the QMJHL Finals to make it a series again. Moncton had won their team-record last eight playoff road games. Barberio has five assists so far this series. Game 4 is Friday in Moncton.

Draft Watch
Moncton defenseman Brandon Gormley, a possibility for the Lightning at No.6 in the summer’s draft, was scoreless in Game 3. Gormley Playoff Totals: 18 GP, 2-15-17, +14, 2 PIM.

OHL

Barrie Colts 2 @ Windsor Spitfires 6
OHL Finals, Game 4. Windsor wins Best of 7 Series 4-0
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-1-1, -1, 4 PIM (tripping, hooking)
Playoff Totals: 13 GP, 2-8-10, +4, 12 PIM
Season Totals: 68 GP, 47-34-81, +44, 58 PIM

Hutchings set up the game’s first goal when he found Luke Pither on the power play, but it wasn’t going to be Barrie’s night as Windsor scored the game’s final four goals and clinched the Robertson Cup with a stunning sweep of top-ranked Barrie. Barring a surprise, this ends the junior career of Hutchings, who is set to get a contract from Tampa Bay this spring and likely be in AHL Norfolk next season. Hutchings had a somewhat forgettable playoffs for his standards, scoring only twice in 13 games and only registering an assist in the finals. He also battled a groin injury that caused him to miss an entire series, however. He did set personal highs for playoff games played with 13, assists (8) and points (10). He had three goals in five playoff games last year.

If this was indeed Hutchings’ last OHL game, he finishes his career with a combined (regular season and playoffs) 116 goals, 114 assists, and 230 points in 256 games.

Draft Watch
Windsor defenseman Cam Fowler, who will likely go at No. 3 or 4 in this summer’s draft, was First Star in Game 4. He had two goals and an assist in the game to increase his playoff totals to 3-11-14. Taylor Hall, who will go No.1 or 2, also had two goals and an assist in Game 4, giving him 17-18-35 in 19 playoff games. He did not win the Wayne Gretzky Trophy as playoff MVP, however, as that went to Adam Henrique (Devils 3/08), who had 20-5-25 to take the honors.

Syndicate content