The Dallas Stars raised an eyebrow or two selecting right winger Scott Glennie eighth overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Most draft boards had the Brandon Wheat King slated to go at #10.
Glennie had 28 goals and 42 assists for 70 points in 55 games for the Wheat Kings last season. A versatile forward who can play both right wing as well as center is a naturally talented offensive player. At only 18 years old and at 6’1, 177 pounds, the Stars are hoping a year or two more of development will allow the youngster to gain some size and muscle.
The two players selected after Glennie, Jared Cowan and Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson, were both figured to get a long look by the Stars. Cowan, a rugged defenseman, was thought to be a potential option because players like Daryl Sydor and Sergei Zubov are coming to the end of their careers. Paajarvi-Svensson is a tremendous two way forward who has been compared by many to Jere Lehtinen, who obviously the Stars are familiar with.
Overall the Stars went with offense over defense in the first round, which is a change of philosophy from what they are known for. This could have something to do with the recent hiring of General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk and Head Coach Marc Crawford who clearly wanted to take the team in a different direction. Glennie also fits the mould of the so called “new NHL”, as he is a free wheeling and creative player.
The draft is a pivotal moment for both teams and players, as the decisions made on draft day can set the building blocks for the future success of a franchise. This is especially true when you are talking about a top ten selection. Dallas is hoping Scott Glennie will play a pivotal role in the success of the Stars for years to come and help lead them back to the top of the Western Conference.