If the Nashville Predators want to add some goal-scoring punch to their forward ranks, Scott Glennie might be a good choice in the upcoming NHL Draft. As Brayden Schenn's teammate on the Brandon Wheat Kings, he is viewed as a probable top-20 selection in the first round while Schenn is likely a top-10 pick.
A 6'1" 180 pound winger, Glennie put up some good offensive numbers (28 G, 42 A in 55 games) before suffering a broken elbow. He returned in time for the playoffs, however, and tallied 3 goals and 15 assists in just 12 games. With Brandon hosting the 2010 Memorial Cup, that playoff touch could come in handy, as he said to Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News:
"The Memorial Cup is obviously a huge thing," Glennie said. "I think we have to look at ourselves as one of the better teams (next year) and we have to play that way."
After the jump, more opinions and a video profile of one of the more dynamic offensive forwards in the upcoming draft...
Jonathan Willis at Copper & Blue, SB Nation's Edmonton Oilers blog, had a good run-down on Glennie included within an overall look at WHL forwards coming into the draft:
Glennie has a stronger offensive game [than Schenn], and he had a great playoffs after coming back from a broken elbow, scoring 18 points in 12 games. He's also one of the better skaters in the draft, and according to the scouting reports possess great hockey sense and is an effective penalty killer. The knock on Glennie is that he's relatively slender and gets knocked off the puck even at the junior level.
Willis also points us to this scouting report from Michael Remmerde:
Terrific skating ability - dangerous top speed, very shifty. Frequently beats d-men with that extra gear. Can handle the puck at speed. Had a lot of full- or partial-breakaways. When he didn't beat the d-man, he'd often have to take it around behind the net to wait for his linemates to catch up. Skating and high energy level allows him to be a really effective forechecker and penalty killer. Underrated skill level and hockey sense. Will take a hit to make a play, but will need to get stronger to survive the pro game.
And then there's Glennie's profile from Hockey's Future, which should perk the interest of many a Predators fan:
The NHL team that selects Glennie will have plenty of opportunity to watch him develop in high profile events next year. Long-in-the-tooth hockey fans might compare Glennie to former WHLer and Philadelphia Flyer Reg Leach, or a modern-day NHLer like Steve Sullivan.
That doesn't sound too bad, does it?
Lastly, here's his video profile from NHL.com: