Scott Glennie’s first full season of professional hockey didn’t get off to the start he or the Dallas Stars envisioned, but when the dust settled it turned out to be a year of steady progress for the team’s first round pick in 2009. And now both are hoping he is ready to take another step forward in 2012-13.
“The first year was a positive for him,” said Les Jackson, Dallas Stars Director of Player Personnel. “As a first year pro, he grew up and matured a little bit. It will be interesting to see how he goes this year.”
Glennie made strides last season despite missing almost all of Dallas’ training camp, and the first three games of the AHL season, due to a concussion. Once he did hit the ice for the Texas Stars, he registered just two points in his first 13 games, but his production started to pick up in late November. Then, during a stretch that ran from early January to late March, Glennie put up 26 points (8 goals, 18 assists) in 34 games.
“It was a bit of a slow start with the injury, but I think the second half went pretty well,” Glennie said.” I got my feet underneath me. It’s just getting used to the game. It took me a little while to get used to the pace, how fast and big the guys are.”
He ended the season with 37 points (12 goals, 25 assists) in 70 games for Texas, ranking fifth on the team in points and third in assists.
Glennie was a big scorer in junior hockey, putting up 180 points (67 goals, 113 assists) in 136 games over his final two seasons with the Western Hockey League’s Brandon Wheat Kings. He’d like to step up things offensively as he moves along in the pros.
“I think after the first 15 games, things turned around for me and I started producing a little bit more,” he said. “I don’t want to be known as maybe a fourth-line player. That’s what I got drafted for, to produce, and hopefully next year, I can do a little more of that.”
His first season as a pro was a learning experience on several fronts.
“You’re with professionals now and that’s how you have to act,” he said. “Junior is a little bit different. You’ve got to be home at 11 o’clock and you are told what to do. You are on your own more as a pro.”
And Glennie said one of the big lessons learned was that you can’t take a night off.
“It’s consistency, just making sure you are ready to play every night,” Glennie said. “It’s not like junior, where maybe you can take a night off because it is against a bad team. There are no bad teams in professional hockey and you’ve got to be ready to play every night.”
Glennie has been slowed by injuries the last few years. He missed the final few games of Texas’ season after breaking his wrist. He had surgery on that, and both he and the Stars hope the injury woes are behind him. In an effort to get bigger and stronger, he’s spent time with Stars conditioning consultant Gary Roberts, and is working with a trainer in Winnipeg as well.
|Glennie was drafted by the Stars in 2009 |
The Stars see a lot of potential in Glennie, who is right-handed and can play either center or right wing. He possesses speed, good hands, scoring ability and smarts.
“He’s a talented, smart player. He understands the game; he thinks the game really well,” said Jackson. “He has the ability to work within the structure of the game and find good plays and make good plays. He defends well and he reads what’s going on in the game and reacts quickly.”
Glennie made his NHL debut last season, playing in the Stars’ season finale against St. Louis. He logged 9:35 of ice time and two penalty minutes. Nothing stood out on the stats sheet, but it made a big impression on Glennie.
“Just seeing all those guys, you see them all of the time, but it’s still a surreal feeling,” said Glennie. “The Brenden Morrows and (Michael) Ryders and Steve Otts, to be playing beside them was great. The players out there are definitely better than the American League.
“You get a taste of that, and you definitely don’t want to go down again. I know it was the last game of the year, but it definitely gave me a boost going into the summer of what could be.”
The Stars have openings on the roster for younger players this season, and Jackson believes Glennie is a guy who should get a good look.
“He’s probably going to be right around and kicking on the door of the NHL team,” said Jackson. “He’s had a good summer of training. He’s grown up, he’s maturing and he’s on track for sure.”