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Positive Steps for Scott Glennie

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Scott Glennie has had his share of ups and downs over the first three years of his professional hockey career, and right now he is on an upswing. He’s on a deep playoff run and he’s been an impact player for the Texas Stars, who are tied 1-1 with the St. John’s IceCaps in the AHL’s Calder Cup Finals.

“I am feeling pretty good,” said Glennie. “It’s been a long run, one of the longest runs I have ever had in the playoffs. It’s the best time of the year and I am really enjoying it.”

And the Stars are enjoying the benefits of what Glennie is bringing to the table during the postseason. He has 10 points (six goals, four assists) in 17 playoff games. He came up big in Game 1 of the Finals, scoring two goals and assisting on another in Texas’ 6-3 victory. He’s found some good chemistry playing right wing on a line with center Chris Mueller and left wing Dustin Jeffrey. Those three combined for nine points (three goals, six assists) in that Game 1 victory.

“We each kind of bring something else to our line,” said Jeffrey. “If you watch Glennie play, he’s really fast and the way he gets up on the play he is usually the first one on the forecheck. Mueller has been the finisher all year. I think our skillsets complement each other really well.”

Things are clicking now for Glennie, but it’s been a bumpy ride during his pro career. Dallas’ first round pick (eighth overall) in the 2009 NHL Draft has had to battle through injury issues. There was a broken wrist that required surgery, a concussion and then this season got off to a rough start when he suffered a knee injury in the preseason that kept him out until November.

“It’s been a difficult past couple seasons to say the least,” Glennie said. “It’s not fun watching the guys play from the sidelines because I want to be out there so badly. When I was hurt it was just maintaining a good work ethic. I had a lot of guys pushing me off the ice, getting me back and making sure I was in good shape so I was in a good position to be an impact player. A lot of credit to those guys. Now, it’s good to be back and playing. I have been healthy the whole second half of the year and all the playoffs. I can’t say how much fun it’s been.”

Since Glennie’s return in November, he’s registered 21 goals, 17 assists and a plus-15 rating in 67 games, including both regular season and playoffs. He had 15 goals and 13 assists in 50 regular season games and now the 10 points in the playoffs.

“He’s always been a real good player,” said Texas coach Willie Desjardins. “He’s a great skater. He’s got good skill. When he’s healthy and he is playing his game, he is a real good player.”

Glennie’s recent success had its roots in a lot of hard work he put in during the offseason. He spent the summer in Dallas working out with ex-Dallas Star Brent Severyn. He got a head start on Dallas’ training camp by going to Europe to take part in the training camp of a team in the Swedish Hockey League.

“It’s been a long season, and that’s why you work so hard - to make sure your body is in good shape all year,” Glennie said. “Going to Sweden to get on the ice early to make sure I was ready for camp and working with Brent Severyn has definitely helped me right now.”

Glennie said the knee injury that sidelined him to start this season “stung,” but he has bounced back nicely, especially after last season when he played in only 37 regular season games and registered just 14 points (5 goals, 9 assists) and none in nine playoff games.

“I think this year he has played his best. He’s had some injury problems, but he’s played through them. In the playoffs, he has really taken another step,” said Dallas Stars assistant GM Les Jackson. “He’s earned the trust of the coaches and he gets a lot of opportunity to play. This has been his best season as a pro. It’s positive for Scotty.”

It’s positive timing as well for Glennie, who is in the final year of his three-year entry-level contract with Dallas. This was a big year for him and he seems to be making the most of it, especially in the playoffs.

“100 percent it [has been my best season as a pro]. I’ve gotten used to the pro game. I am contributing,” Glennie said. “[The contract year] definitely was something that was in the back of my mind a little bit. That’s what the guys want to see – how guys play in the playoffs. I think I’ve put myself in pretty good position with Dallas.”

Calder Cup Finals on Fox Sports Southwest

Fox Sports Southwest will be carrying the Calder Cup Finals series between Texas Stars and St. John’s IceCaps. Game 3, which is at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, will be carried on Fox Sports Southwest Plus. Here are the listings for the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Time Warner – 906
Charter – 300 (SD), 776 (HD) - Denton (314)
DirecTV – 676-1 (SD & HD)
Dish – 447
U-verse – 754 (SD), 1754 (HD)
FiOS – 77 (SD), 577 (HD)

Click here for the full schedule and more Fox Sports Southwest Plus information and channel listings.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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