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A relaxing end to a busy Thursday for Cody Glass

Delayed flights and traffic made for a busy day for the Winnipeg native

by Mitchell Clinton @MClinton007 / WinnipegJets.com

NHL Draft prospect Cody Glass wasn't even born when the movie Planes, Trains, and Automobiles was first released in 1987, but he may have a suggestion for a sequel:

Planes, Trains, and Water Taxis.

By the end of the day Thursday, Glass had traveled on all three forms of transportation, all in an effort to make a 3:45 pm media availability in Chicago.

"My flight was at 6:50 in the morning. The flight ended up getting cancelled. So I had to jump on the next flight at 11:59 or something like that," said Glass. "In the back of my head, I was like 'I'm not going to make it. I'm going to miss the boat trip and everything.' I ended up getting here on time. It was just really hectic.

"I've never been to downtown Chicago. Trying to get here during a busy time, going through the train station, and getting a cab here was a difficult time. I'm just really happy I'm here on time."

The 18-year-old Winnipeg native did make it on time, and along with seven of the other top prospects, took questions from several reporters during a water taxi tour through Chicago.

His season in the WHL with the Portland Winterhawks went far more smoothly than his travel. His 94 points in 69 games played were 67 more than his 27 points in 2015-2016 (his first full WHL season).

Glass credits Portland head coach Mike Johnston for giving him the opportunity to be creative on the ice.

"As a 16-year-old, I didn't think I had the confidence. I was a little bit more timid with the puck. I think with confidence, getting some power play time, first line in my second year, just doing more stuff with the puck was a huge thing," said Glass. "Holding on for an extra second. He gave me free will, which was probably the biggest thing for me. Just letting me use my creativity and I think that was huge part of my game."

The 6'2" centre added nine points in the postseason, and was named a Western Conference All-Star for his efforts.

The drive behind his offensive push in his draft season came from wanting to show scouts and teams how far his game has come. At the midpoint of the season, he was ranked eighth among North American skaters. By the time the season was over, Glass had jumped to sixth.

"I used it as motivation going into the year," said Glass. "I think that's why I had such a good start to the season. I just wanted to prove people wrong."

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Nico Hischier, ranked second among North American skaters, could make history Friday at the United Center.

If he is selected higher than fifth overall, he'll become the highest drafted player from Switzerland since Nino Niederreiter in 2010.

"Swiss Ice Hockey does a great job developing young players in Switzerland. It's getting better and better," said Hischier. "All teams work together to develop young players with power skating, shooting, and skills drills."

The two prospects on either side of Glass in NHL Central Scouting's rankings, Michael Rasmussen (fifth) and Owen Tippett (seventh), are embracing their final week prior to being drafted.

"I think maybe when you throw that jersey on it will set in," said Rasmussen, who had 32 goals and 55 points with the Tri-City Americans this season. "I think you have to enjoy it and enjoy it with your family. But at the same time you're here to see which team you move forward with."

For Tippett, he's enjoying sharing this week with his family.

"I have a bunch of people here. My mom, my sister, my grandparents, and close family friends," said the Mississauga Steelheads forward. "Just anyone I feel helped get me along the way to this point."

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