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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Prospect Pulse: Jeff Glass

Anyone remember this guy? Me either. It was not until a Tuesday night trip to Buffalo Wild Wings to watch Marc Hoe assault a flock's worth of chicken wings that the netminder's name came up in conversation, resurrected from a World Junior tournament in days of yore.

Glass came out of nowhere to be the unknown on a team of all-stars as Team Canada Hot-Karled the opposition on their way to the Gold Medal in Grand Forks. Glass didn't have to be great or even that good as Sidney Crosby and Patrice Bergeron played keep-away from the hapless Euros and Celine Dion Phaneuf decapitated anyone who crossed the blue-line, but he was. Canada only gave up 7 goals the entire tournament, 3 of those coming against Slovakia, which perfectly illustrates the dominance of the team and Glass, who went 5-0.

The 6'2, 182 pound goaltender had an
inauspicious debut in the WHL, and didn't become a full-time starter until the 2004-05 season. After his stellar World Junior tournament, Glass dominated the WHL and finished with a 34-11-5, 8 shutouts, a 1.76 GAA and a .932 save percentage with the Kootenay Ice. He also went 10-6 in the playoffs that year.

Glass, who was drafted by the Ottawa Senators by the 3rd round in 2004, turned pro in 2005 and spent the year in the ECHL after failing to stick with the Binghamton Senators. He made the AHL team in 2006-07 but had a terrible year, posting only 9 wins in 43 games on a poor Binghamton team. Glass has now been passed on the depth chart by Brian Elliott and is the backup with the Baby Sens.

The Calgary native is a big guy and covers a lot of net. He excels at playing the puck but had trouble adjusting to the new rules. Solid positionally, Glass plays the angles well and gives shooters little to look at. He is very good down low and is adept at steering shots into the corners. He has quick reflexes and a good glove, though I really have no idea if any of this is true because I know shit about goalies. I just hear they are weird.

Ballhype: hype it up!

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