Wheat King seeing Stars

KEN WIEBE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:01 AM ET

Injury aside, Scott Glennie made sure to have his eyes and ears wide open.

While there was obvious disappointment about spending more time in the training room than on the ice during his first NHL training camp with the Dallas Stars, the Brandon Wheat Kings forward made sure to soak up as much information as he could from the likes of Brenden Morrow and Mike Modano.

"Every single guy treated me well and they made me feel like I was part of the team when I was down there," Glennie said yesterday from Brandon.

Glennie, who was the eighth overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, suffered the groin injury during the NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Mich.

After appearing in three games, was injured in practice before the fourth and that caused him to miss the entire main camp.

"I don't think I played my best, but it was definitely a good experience for me to get out there and get a little taste of the pro life and see all the guys who are trying to make the team that you're up against," said Glennie, who had 28 goals and 70 points in 55 games last season with the Wheaties. "It wasn't fun sitting around watching the guys play. You go down to camp wanting to try and make the team and see what it's like to play with the NHL players. At the same time, it was good to meet the guys and be in the same room as them.

"All around, they treated me well and I had a good time but it's good to be back in Brandon."

Tied for team lead

After missing the first two games of the Western Hockey League season with the groin problem, Glennie came out firing and is tied for the team scoring lead with linemate Jay Fehr after putting up three goals and six points in four games.

While the Wheat Kings remain his first priority as he builds towards playing in the Memorial Cup, Glennie would love to be among those chosen to represent his country at the World Junior Hockey Championship in Saskatoon this December.

"The first thing you've got to look at is playing well for your team and if you get chosen to play for Canada, it would be awesome," said Glennie.

"The season we're having right now couldn't be more exciting. We have a really good team that has a chance to win the league and the Memorial Cup. To play in the Memorial Cup is going to be one of the greatest experiences I'll ever have in my life."

Aside from taking on more of a leadership role in his third season, Wheat Kings head coach and general manager Kelly McCrimmon expects Glennie to make a smooth transition from right wing to centre.

"Learning a new position is challenging, but we think he can really develop into one of the top players at that position," said McCrimmon.

"His offensive instincts are real good and he's a very good puck-handler and has a really good shot. He can make plays at high speed and he can really play the game at a high tempo."

NOTES: The Wheat Kings are carrying four 20-year-olds on their roster, meaning one needs to sit out each game. A final decision on which three 20-year-olds the team will keep must come by Oct. 15. In two games since being returned by the Los Angeles Kings, Brayden Schenn has one assist. Matt Calvert, who passed up an NHL contract offer to return to his hometown team for his final season of eligibility, was held off the score sheet in two games since returning from the Columbus Blue Jackets. Goalie Andrew Hayes has posted a shutout in each of his four wins this season. He is 4-2 with a 2.00 goals against average and .929 save percentage.

ken.wiebe@sunmedia.ca


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