December 2, 2008
Wheat Kings boast gem in Glennie
By SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA
Everything is falling into place for Scott Glennie.
But it's not as if he has come out of nowhere.
The Winnipeg product made a huge splash last season during his rookie campaign, racking up 58 points in 61 games.
He likely would have been the front-runner for last year's WHL rookie-of-the-year award if it weren't for his linemate, Brayden Schenn, who ripped the league up for 71 points in 66 games.
The two sophomores are back on the same line again this season, and they're making some more sweet music together.
Glennie was named the WHL player of the week last Monday after putting up six goals and eight points in three games.
"It was a great week for our team," Glennie said of the Wheat Kings, who went 2-0-1.
"My linemates and I played really well. Everything was clicking, and a few things happened to go my way."
Things weren't so rosy during the early part of the season. The Glennie-Schenn-Matt Calvert trio took a while to hit its stride.
"Obviously, when you play with better guys, a few more things are going to happen for you," said the soft-spoken 17-year-old.
"I thought we started a little slow this year, but we've picked it up."
That's an understatement.
Glennie had just five points over the first seven contests. Since then, he's picked up at least a point in 19 of 21 outings and is currently riding a nine-game point streak.
That's tied for the second-longest active streak behind Calgary Hitmen winger Brandon Kozun, whose opening goal Sunday afternoon upped his string to 10 games.
Glennie and the Wheat Kings visited a packed Pengrowth Saddledome Sunday for the Hitmen's 14th Annual Teddy Bear Toss.
The NHL-size crowd of 18,105 had Glennie searching for words to explain his excitement.
"It's a dream playing in front of this many people," he said. "I've dreamt of playing in front of 20,000 people since I was a little kid. It's unreal."
It won't be 'unreal' for too long. Glennie is projected as a can't-miss NHL stud.
NHL Central Scouting had the 6-foot-1, 182-pounder ranked fourth among all WHL skaters in their preliminary rankings two weeks ago.
And that might be a little low.
Wheat Kings GM/head coach Kelly McCrimmon said Glennie has always had a nose for the net. He's just finding it with more regularity, now.
"Scotty's been a pretty good player on our team now for two years," McCrimmon said. "He has great chemistry with his linemates. And he's been shooting the puck a lot more lately, which is part of why he's been getting rewarded."
As good as the Wheaties have been -- they're 15-11-1-1 so far to sit one point out of third spot in the East Division -- the club's future is even brighter.
With Glennie and Schenn, who the NHL's CSB has ranked third in the WHL, the Wheaties could be untouchable next season.
But wait. It gets better.
Not only are they a legitimate Memorial Cup contender on paper, but they're guaranteed a spot in junior hockey's championship tournament as the 2010 host city.
"It was incredible when we found out we were hosting the Mem Cup," Glennie said. "When you're playing junior, all you want to do is win the Memorial Cup, and when you're hosting it, you get to play in it. It's going to be a great feeling."
And McCrimmon knows he's got a few aces up his sleeve when it comes time to recruit players for next year's squad.
"It was mid-season when we were awarded the tournament, so it doesn't impact this year's recruiting," McCrimmon said. "Next summer, there might be a player out there somewhere that could be a candidate to play on our team because of the fact that we're hosting."