The latest in a series on the top prospects of the Dallas Stars looks at forward Scott Glennie, the team’s 1st round pick (8th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Glennie played his final season of junior hockey with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League in 2010-11, finishing tied for 8th in league in scoring with 91 points (35 goals, 56 assists) in 70 games. He had 10 points (3 goals, 7 assists) in 6 playoff games.
With his linemates from last season – Brayden Schenn and Matt Calvert – no longer around and the Wheat Kings having a much younger team, Glennie got off to a slow start this season. But he finished strong, putting up 33 goals and 41 assists over his final 53 regular season games.
“Glennie had the best year I’ve seen him have. He didn’t score much the first 20 games, but from then on he was a top player,” said Les Jackson, Dallas Stars Director of Scouting and Player Development.
The slow start to the season cost Glennie a chance to make Canada’s World Junior team, but Jackson said there was a silver lining – it was learning experience.
“I think those bumps are good for guys,” said Jackson.
After Brandon was knocked out of the playoffs and his junior career ended, Glennie signed an amateur tryout contract with the Texas Stars of the AHL. He had no points in four regular season games and scored one goal in six playoff games. The 20-year-old right wing saw limited time, most of it on the fourth line.
“It’s a big jump for a guy to come from juniors into the American League playoffs,” said Texas Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “He’s certainly skilled. He can see the ice, he can make plays and he can skate. He just needs time to get accustomed to a new level.”
Dallas GM Joe Nieuwendyk got a chance to see Glennie play in the AHL playoffs.
“Glennie is getting a good experience here. He’s still raw, but what a great experience for him to play in these games,” Nieuwendyk said at the time. “This is all a learning experience for him. I think it really sets the table for his summer training. He realizes how hard he has to work.”
Said Jackson: “He’s still learning. He’s still a youthful kid by maturity standards, but he is a top player. We’ll put him back in Austin next year.”
Glennie was ranked 3rd among Dallas prospects and 64th among all NHL prospects by The Hockey News Future Watch 2011.
Background on Dallas Stars prospect Scott Glennie.