by Todd Anderson
Ottawa Senators goaltending prospect Jeff Glass says he's looking forward to big things in 2007-08.
The Calgary native posted a 9-24-2 record with the Binghamton Senators this season in 43 games but says he can build on the experience of playing his first full season in the American Hockey League.
"All-in-all I'm happy with the way I've developed but I'll be looking for more success next year," Glass says.
"Being able to take a couple of weeks here (in Calgary) to step back and take a look at it, it was a frustrating year but I realize I learned a lot about myself and my game and what I need to improve. It really sets up this year, which is a big year for me."
As one of a handful of B-Sens - including Josh Hennessy, Danny Bois, Jeff Heerema and Kelly Guard - called up by the Senators during the playoffs, Glass says the experience of being around during Ottawa's run to the Stanley Cup final is invaluable.
"It was huge. Just hanging around the guys on a daily basis, in the atmosphere that it was, it was a learning experience I will never forget, that's for sure. It was tough the way it turned out but it was such a fun ride. I was so happy to be a part of it."
The 21-year-old will spend the summer in his hometown of Calgary and, after a quick break from hockey, he'll begin working out in preparation of the Ottawa Senators training camp this fall.
"I plan to take a week or two off to recharge the batteries a little bit but I definitely want to get back at it," Glass said before leaving Ottawa. "Next year is a real big year for me. I have a goaltending coach based out of Calgary that I'm going to work with and I want to do everything in my power to come back in the best shape possible for training camp."
The Senators acquired Glass at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, selecting him in the third round, 89th overall. Glass was a standout with the Kootenay Ice in the Western Hockey League for three seasons and also led the Canadian world junior team to the gold medal at the 2005 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship.
Glass says he has fond memories of the day he was drafted.
"The draft is one of those days in your life that you'll never forget. It's a very special moment. All those kids will have a blast. If I could give some advice, it's to soak it all up. It happens so quick and it's so much fun."