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Top pick Glennie getting acclimated to Dallas

by John Tranchina / Dallas Stars

Less than two weeks after becoming the Dallas Stars’ highest selection in 13 years at the NHL Entry Draft, 18-year-old center Scott Glennie remains extremely excited about joining the Stars organization as the number eight choice overall.

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Visiting the club’s practice facilities at the Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco this past week for some low-key training along with several other top prospects, Glennie expressed enthusiasm for his new situation, including the local weather.

“It’s just a tremendous feeling and an honor to come to a great organization,” said Glennie, a native of Winnipeg, Manitoba in Canada.  “When I got drafted here, I couldn’t have been happier and since I’ve been down here, it’s been really hot.  It’s been different, it’s been nice and I have enjoyed my time since I’ve been down here.”

While Glennie was rated 11th by TSN and 14th by The Hockey News in their pre-draft rankings, the Stars clearly slotted him much higher on their board and grabbed him at number eight.  Glennie wasn’t surprised by the selection, even though he hadn’t spent much time interviewing with the club beforehand.

“Just talking to a lot of people, my agent and stuff like that, it was kind of the 8-12 range, so it wasn’t that big of a surprise,” said the 6-foot-1, 177-pound Glennie.  “They didn’t talk to me that much, but I think I knew kind of where I’d be going in the draft and me going eighth overall to Dallas, it couldn’t have been any better for me in the situation I’m put in, it’s perfect.”

And even though the big build-up to the draft, which took place in Montreal on June 26-27, can become tedious for players as they engage in discussions with multiple teams and show up at the arena not knowing when or where they’ll be chosen, Glennie savored it.

“For me, it was exciting, the whole process of getting drafted, I really enjoyed it,” said Glennie, scored 28 goals and 70 points in 55 games for Brandon of the WHL last year in junior hockey.  “When you went to the draft, you were a little bit nervous about what team you were going to go to, but at the same time, it was, for me and my friends and family, it was a great experience for me.” 

The Stars were very happy their man was available and were not concerned where anyone else had Glennie rated.

“The lists, everybody has lists out there,” shrugged Les Jackson, the Stars’ Director of Scouting and Player Development.  “One lesson I’ve learned is that you’ve got to by the work that your people do out in the field, but they had him slotted in the spot they felt he’d fit.  He’s just a young kid, he’s got tons of talent, he’s just in the initial steps of pro.  The background we have on him is that he’s a real outgoing kid and he has a real passion for the game and he’s fun to be around.  So I think for a hockey player, he’s got a lot of things in his personality that match up with being a good teammate and part of a team.”

“Scott brings a lot of speed and skill,” added Director of Amateur Scouting Tim Bernhardt. “He has very good vision and sees the ice well. He’s a right wing but he’s also a centerman, so we don’t know what he’ll play down the road. His coach said he will play center next year and he’s played a lot of center before. But we’re very pleased that we were able to draft Scott.”

Glennie’s profile in McKeen’s 2009 Draft Guide expanded further on some of the impressive tools in his toolbox, attributes that should serve him very well in the NHL someday.

“Glennie is a very determined player with a non-stop motor,” said the profile.  “He is fearless in his approach and thrives in going into the dirty areas to dig out pucks for his teammates.  Glennie often comes out with the pucks and has the vision to spot his teammates going to the slot.  His ability to play in traffic is top-notch.”

Glennie himself displayed commendable confidence when describing his best on-ice traits in a similar manner.

“Probably they think I’m a pure goal scorer and maybe they think that’s what they need right now and I’m going to fit pretty well in that role in Dallas,” Glennie said.  “A lot of speed, goal-scoring and playmaking ability, that’s what I’m going to bring to Dallas.”

Further illustrating the promise he has shown and the high regard others have of him as well, Glennie will attend Team Canada’s training camp in August in a bid to make the national team that will participate next Christmas at the World Junior Championships, a highly-prestigious tournament that Canada has won gold at five straight years.

“To be invited to camp, and knowing how many guys that could have been invited to that camp, it’s definitely an honor to go and try to play for your country,” said Glennie, who tied for his team lead with 18 points (three goals, 15 assists) in 12 playoff games this spring as Brandon advanced to the WHL’s final four.  “It’s going to be real important to me to make that team.”

While Glennie is expected to eventually develop into a dangerous offensive forward (he says his game resembles that of Philadelphia’s Jeff Carter, who finished second in the NHL with 46 goals in 2008-09), that process will likely take several years.

“He’s going to be at the Canadian junior camp in August in Saskatoon, and he’s going to come back to training camp here in September, and then we’ll send him back to junior, because that’s the right place for him,” noted Jackson.  “He’s still a young kid and he needs to become physically mature and learn about the game.  He’s a talented kid, he’s just at the very earliest stages of his growth potential.”

As confident as Glennie sounds now, he recognizes that he needs to get stronger and is excited about having the opportunity to pick up pointers from various members of the Stars organization that he can take back to his junior team in Brandon this season.

“Basically, I’m just working out here, getting bigger and getting stronger to hopefully make the jump to the next level,” said Glennie, who was linemates with Brayden Schenn, who was chosen fifth overall by Los Angeles.  “That’s the biggest thing I think I need to improve on to get me there.  And it’s great to have guys like Joe Nieuwendyk and Marc Crawford here, and Les.  Everyone I’ve talked to here, they’ve been great people to me and I’ve really enjoyed my time here for sure.”

Hopefully, he’ll have many more good times in Dallas in his future.

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