Our series of top draft prospect profiles continues this afternoon with a look at Brandon Wheat Kings center Scott Glennie. You can find all of our coverage of the 2009 NHL Draft here. Defending Big D will be in Montreal starting Thursday providing extensive live coverage of the draft.
Team: Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
Born: February 22, 1991
Hometown: Winnipeg, MAN
Position: Center/Right Wing
International Scouting Services: 19th
The Hockey News: 20th
Red Line Report: 18th
McKeen's Hockey: 14th
Follow the jump for more stats and scouting reports...
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Why the Stars would want him:
A lack of quality right handed shooters at the forward position in the Stars system obviously makes Scott a very attractive pick and it's his ability to shoot the puck so well that has grabbed the attention of scouts. What really sets Scott apart from all other top ranked draft picks is his blazing speed which some have said compares favorably already to that of established NHLers. Speed with the ability to play the puck is a quality that new Stars coach Marc Crawford loves to have on his bench so you could almost consider Scott the perfect prospect for a Crawford coached team.
Why the Stars might pass on him:
Scott was hindered in the 08-09 season with an arm injury which hasn't helped the thought some scouts have that his high speed style of play opens him up to the possibility of injuries. There are also forwards in the draft that are considered more well rounded players than Glennie who at this point looks like more of a skilled offensive forward. Dallas also may pass on him if the lure of a talented defenseman like Oliver Ekman-Larsson or Dmitri Kulikov are still available.
What others are saying about Scott:
If Glennie had played all 72 games in the WHL he would have been on pace to produce 91 points - which is very impressive in a tough league. Although he only posted 28 goals this year, Glennie was a clutch goal scorer with nine game winning goals. When the game is on the line and you need a goal, Glennie is the type of player that always comes through for you. His hockey sense and skill to play with elite forwards is at a high level and he should have no trouble adapting to the NHL. He has the ability to be a solid top line forward and a consistent two-way player in the postseason.
Scott Glennie was mislabeled earlier in the year as perhaps being only a finisher for often linemate Brayden Schenn. Yet Scott took matters into his own hands with an equal number of goals and assists and contributed greatly this season with a power forward type attitude. Glennie might remind the fan of NHL players with power forward abilities coming off the wall like Jonathan Cheechoo and Jonathan Toews -- that kind of offensive ability.
NHL.com Video - "Up Close" With Scott Glennie