Kris Baker is once again counting down his list of top prospects available in the NHL Draft for Sabres.com. The first round of the 2017 NHL Draft will take place on June 23 in Chicago.
Team: Portland (WHL)
The clear-cut fastest-rising player in the 2017 draft class, Cody Glass took his exclusion from Canada's entry at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August personally, and proceeded to make the opposition pay on a nightly basis en route to amassing 32 goals and 94 points to lead his Portland Winterhawks in scoring.
Glass is a dynamic offensive player, but he stands out by rating well-above average in seemingly every core competency as a hockey player. He just may not be the best at any single one.
The lanky, well-rounded Glass has NHL size and a frame that projects well to the rigors of the next level. Add in an impeccable feel for his surroundings and a nice set of hands, and Glass may have unlimited potential given his meteoric rise in 2016-17 coming off a previous learning season that saw him pot just 10 goals and 27 points.
Where Glass lacks in elite level speed, he makes up for it with exceptional smarts and a desirable puck possession skill set. Glass is not a weak skater by any means, as he uses a long, smooth stride to get where he needs to be. He regularly uses his long reach along the boards to buy himself time when runs out of space.
He has a nice knack for finishing plays off the rush, but he appears to be make the most impact when leveraging his playmaking skills beneath the hash marks. His nearly 2:1 assists to goals ratio speaks volumes when assessing his ability to find teammates.
Defensively, Glass is as reliable as they come with a sense for always being on the right of the side of the puck. He'll want to add 15 pounds of mass to assist the style of game that he plays, but for now he represents a multi-tool talent that appears destined to be selected in the top 10 with the potential to become a perennial NHL All-Star.
For more on all the youngsters in the Sabres pipeline, check out Kris Baker's website, SabresProspects.com. You can also follow him on Twitter (@SabresProspects).
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