Win or lose in this early AHL season, the question from Dallas Stars fans and prospect watchers as the Texas Stars complete each game has been the same.
Why is Scott Glennie not playing?
"When he got to camp he wasn't ready to go and now he's ready and he's feeling good," Stars assistant GM Les Jackson told Mark Stepneski this week. "He'll be in the lineup tonight."
The former first round pick's absence from the lineup has been a major story line early for the Texas Stars as they struggled on the ice last weekend, dropping three straight. Texas Stars head coach Willie Desjardins had left some ambiguity in Glennie's situation when asked, prompting many to wonder if 'discipline' was in play.
Not so, as Jackson calls Glennie's slow start to camp and lack of readiness due a little bit to injury, but mostly conditioning issues. Get the full story at Mark Stepneski's new blog "Dallas Stars Inside Edge," which is looking sharp.
In other news forward Austin Smith was assigned to the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL earlier in the week. That comes as a little bit of a surprise to those of us who saw him take over a game in Cedar Park last season at the AHL level, but overall the jump from college is proving challenging for the DFW native.
Les Jackson added that Smith will probably be in Idaho for five or six games.
Meanwhile coach Willie's guys have been practicing their special teams hard this week and will apply their newly learned lessons against the Milwaukee Admirals tonight at the Cedar Park Center. Texas ranks last in the AHL with a 60% penalty kill after five games.
After tonight's game Texas' schedule gets oddly light as they'll play just two games in the following 15 days before things really pick up in mid-November.