Scott Glennie’s first NHL training camp didn’t go as he had hoped. That’s because he never got on the ice.
The Stars’ 1st round pick (8th overall) in 2009 missed taking part in camp last year because of a groin injury suffered at the NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Michigan.
“I didn’t get to play with those guys last year but I got to see what it was like and I am really looking forward to that,” Glennie said after a practice at this year’s tournament in Traverse City.
Glennie spent last season’s camp, which was held in Frisco, watching and learning. He expects that to help him as he hits the ice with Stars when they open camp this weekend in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
“I didn’t get the on ice perspective, but I did get to see what all the guys did, how the treated themselves, what they did off the ice and what being a pro is like,” Glennie said. “You watch those guys in their everyday life and you kind of get a feel for it. That’s definitely going to help me going into this year’s camp.”
But before he gets to training camp in Canada with the Stars there’s other business at hand.
I’ve got to show well here first,” he said.
Here is this year’s prospects tournament in Traverse City. It’s one step along the way in what is a big season for Glennie. The Stars are expecting Glennie to make some strides this season.
“I think it’s a big camp for him here [in Traverse City] and a big camp for him coming into in Prince Edward Island,” said Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk. “He’s got to start knocking on the door.”
Glennie, who is expected to play a final season of junior hockey with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League, thinks he’s moving forward in his game.
“My physical game has improved. My skating has improved a bit and my defensive zone coverage and my defensive zone play have improved as well,” Glennie said. “I am looking forward to playing in the tournament and seeing how it goes.”
Glennie has no points through the Stars’ first two games at the tournament, but he’s been more noticeable than he was at last year’s tournament. And there’s still more hockey to be played in Traverse City, so his tournament performance is still unfolding.
His performance at Canada’s National Junior Team development camp, which was held last month, was solid. Glennie had a much better showing at the camp than he did the year before. Glennie, who missed out on making Canada’s junior team last year, has an excellent shot at making Canada’s junior team this year.
“I felt good there. It was a good camp,” Glennie said of this year’s camp. “I think on and off the ice I did pretty well. It was my second time around there, so I knew what to expect. “
It was another sign that Glennie has made progress over the past year.
“Getting older and getting better at the game,” he said.
The 19-year-old will be one of the veterans on his junior team in Brandon. It’s a team, Glennie said, that is expected to have a lot of younger players this season. He’ll be expected to lead and be one of the top players in the league.
“It’s a little different for me now being one of the older guys now and seeing the younger guys coming in,” said Glennie. “I can remember when I was just 15-years-old and coming in and seeing what it was like.”
Glennie saw what an NHL camp was like last year, but it came from the sidelines. This year he’s looking forward to being a full participant.
“I know it’s going to be tough,” he said, “But it’s going to be fun too.”
Stars vs. Tampa Bay
Stars prospects will play their third game at the NHL Prospects Tournament later today when they take on the Tampa Bay Lightning. The game is at 2 p.m. (CT).