Gordeev, A Maple Leafs 5th round pick in 2017 is beginning to show everybody what the Leafs Brass saw in him.
A 6’6 Left Handed Defenseman who can skate, a very rare feature in a man his size and arguably the hardest skill to obtain.
Having played with the Flint Firebird’s over the last 2 seasons (one of the worst teams in the OHL) it has been difficult to get a fair judgement on the local kid from Toronto, ON.
In 161 games with Flint he registered 57 points, 14 goals, not overwhelming on the score sheet and hard to make a arguement for his defensive play on a club that allowed the most goals against in the 2017-2018 OHL season(316), also recording the fewest goals for with (194).
However there are multiple bright spots that show a tallented player can be trapped on a poor team and still be performing/developing into a strong prospect. For example Ty Dellandrea who went 13th overall this summer, 10 picks higher than projected and likely would have went sooner had he played for a better club than Flint.
All in all, Gordeev has speed, he has one of the best zone entry percentages in the OHL for defenseman and he has already bulked up at 215LBS along with his 6’6 frame while still maintaining a well above average foot speed.
Gordeev was recently aquired by the now OHL Cup favourites in The Guelph Storm at the deadline and we should get a better understanding of what he can do on a successful club already registering 2 points in 6 games.
At just 19, Gordeev has a long road ahead of him to make the NHL, but he has all the weapons and work ethic to accomplish them and while he continues to grow his name will be one to remember as an underdog story.
Let’s not forget, Colton Parayko had a similar scouting report with above average speed, a 3rd round selection who didn’t make the NHL until he was 22.