The general rule of thumb is that draft picks can't be truly judged until at least five years after the pick is made, but for high first round picks, especially ones that come up through major junior rather than the NCAA ranks, most expect to see flashes sooner.
That's the position Scott Glennie has been in for the last several seasons. The No. 8 overall pick from the 2009 draft has been judged, fairly or not, as he struggled with injuries as he advanced up the hockey ladder. And as others from the 2009 class have left marks on the NHL, there have been many questioning just when he would arrive with the Dallas Stars.
While he made his NHL debut in the final game of last season, it was his his relative health during the AHL season and defensive adjustment with the Texas Stars that offered the most optimism. And during the ongoing development camp, the right wing/center said he's ready to focus on the other parts of his game.
"I think I want to produce more offensively," Glennie said when asked if he was concentrating on being a strong two-way forward. "I had a little bit of a transition the first 15 games, I wasn’t really playing that much, and I think after the first 15 games things started turning around for me and I started producing a little bit more. I don’t want to be known necessarily as a fourth line player. That’s what I got drafted for, to produce, and hopefully next year I can do a little more of that."
After the jump, the Texas Stars add to the coaching staff, Shea Weber probably isn't getting a mega-offer sheet and your summer reading list.
- Doug Lidster was only a Dallas Star for a brief period during the Stanley Cup run, but he's going to play a much larger role in the organization now as an assistant coach down in Austin. [Hundred Degree Hockey]
- Development camp is always a fun time for local fans to get their first look at some of the most highly-touted prospects in the Stars system. And from a team standpoint, it's a chance for the team to both evaluate the prospects and teach them a few new tricks. This year, they're also trying to incorporate new technology to stay a step ahead of the video analysis curve. [DallasStars.com]
- Tim Cowlishaw didn't seem to have that great of a handle on the Ryan Suter-Zach Parise signings, but from what I can tell of this paywalled column, he's not all that upset with the way the Stars have handled this offseason. [DallasNews.com]
- By this point, there have been plenty of write ups about the Stars draft class. But this is a fairly comprehensive version if anyone is needing a refresher. [Hockey's Future]
- On the business side of the operation, the Stars are trying to rebuild the corporate fan base that was beaten within an inch of its life by the end of the Tom Hicks regime. [Dallas Business Journal]
- The main event of the annual free agent frenzy ended last week, but Shane Doan is just getting ready to dip his toe in the pool. [Arizona Republic]
- Of all the restricted free agents out there, besides the Stars' own Jamie Benn, one of the most attractive is Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber. And although he has made overtones of being less than thrilled that Ryan Suter left for the Minnesota Wild, there are plenty of good reasons he won't be receiving a massive one-year offer sheet. [Puck Daddy]
- Other immediate defensive help options for the Stars then rely mostly on trades, and the Calgary Flames have an intriguing candidate in Jay Bouwmeester. [Backhand Shelf]
- A couple updates about Phoenix Coyotes prospect Brett MacLean, who collapsed at a summer pickup game and suffered what has been termed a "cardiac event." First, from the Owen Sound newspaper, an account of what happened during the game. And the second is an update on how his health has improved considerably since then. [Owen Sound Sun Times/Calgary Sun]
- Looking for some summer reading? I'm not sure if any of these are up my alley, but they all sound, well, interesting is probably the best word. [Puck Daddy]
- You probably saw things about this on Twitter or right here on DBD yesterday, but Trevor Daley stopped by the Dr Pepper StarCenter in Frisco on Sunday to take part in the drills at development camp. The Stars got video of the drills as well as an interview with Daley as to why he felt his presence was important.