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About Scott Glennie

First things first, the reason we didn’t take Cowen or MPS was their work ethic issues.  Scott Glennie is known to be a hard worker, so he’ll fit just fine with the Stars.  The issue with Glennie with everyone was that he was only Brayden Schenn’s finisher. 

Well, he’s not.  Schenn even spoke up for Glennie, talking about how great a player he is. 

Glennie’s got speed and skill.  He can play center and wing and he’s a great skater.

Here’s some stuff from his NHL.com profile:

• In 12 playoff games, Glennie helped the Brandon Wheat Kings reach the Western Hockey League Conference Final against the Calgary Hitmen, finishing tied for fourth in assists (15) and tied for ninth overall in points (18).

• He led the Brandon with a 1.27 points-per-game average, totaling 70 points (28-42-70) in 55 games in 2008-09. Nine of his 28 goals were game-winners, placing him third in the WHL.

• Representing Canada for the first time at the 2008 Ivan Hlinka Memorial, he recorded three points (2-1–3) in four games, helping Canada win gold. Also participated in the 2008 World Under-17 Challenge, winning bronze as a member of Team West.

• Glennie finished fifth in rookie scoring with 58 points (26-32–58) in 2007-08, after teaming up with fellow rookie linemates Brayden Schenn (No. 4 ranked) and Matt Calvert (selected by Columbus, 127th overall in 2008) as one of the highest rookie scoring lines in recent WHL history (193 combined points).

• Prior to playing for the Brandon Wheat Kings, he scored 31 goals in 38 games with the Winnipeg Wild Midget AAA and was named to the league all-star team as well as selected as the team MVP.

• His older brother, Donnie, played in the WHL for Tri-City (2005-06) and Chilliwack (2006-07).

• Glennie began skating at the age of three and played his first year of hockey with the Varsity View Falcons at the age of four. He also played minor hockey for the Assiniboine Park Rangers, Winnipeg Monarchs and the Winnipeg Wild.
• His childhood hockey hero was Mario Lemieux – “he was fun to watch and one of the greatest players of all time” and he credits his family as having the biggest influence on his career for helping him develop his passion.

• Quiznos is part of his pre-game ritual for home games and winning the Under-18 Ivan Hlinka tournament in Slovakia is his most memorable hockey moment.

I like how nine of his 28 goals were game-winners, meaning that he’s a clutch player.

And did I mention that his favorite player is Alex Ovechkin?  He’s, like, the first one to not say Sidney Crosby.  That’s awesome. Yeah, I love him.

Scott Glennie, aka "One of My new Favorite Players"

Scott Glennie, aka "One of My new Favorite Players"

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These Are the Faces of the Future

The first five, most likely.

The first five, most likely.

I’m not gonna lie, but I’m seriously hoping for a miracle so that Brayden Schenn could become a Star.  I really like that kid.   But as we all know, it’ll be John Tavares to the Islanders, Victor Hedman to the Lightning, Matt Duchene to the Avs, and then…I’m not exactly sure.  But it has to go that way; it’s perfect for all three teams.
The Islanders need a franchise guy, and they could get that in Tavares.  He’s easily the most skilled player in the draft, and the Islanders are lucky to have the chance to draft him.
 
Coming up: Why Hedman and Duchene are perfect for the Bolts and Avs respectively, and pre-draft rumor involving one Vinny Lecavalier.

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Grading the NHL Awards Fashion

I feel like being a critic, so I’m going to grade the guys’ fashion from the awards the other night.

First up, is Alex Ovechkin:

I like this one. :)

I like this one. 🙂

I love his tie.  I just like his entire outfit.  It’s an improvement from last year’s red tux thing.  I love that little smirk he’s got.  It makes him look even more studly than he already is.  I’m glad that he took home the Hart.  Is it just me, or did Geno look a litttle mad that Alex won the Hart?  I don’t know what that’s about, so whatevs.

 

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Ovechkin Wins the Hart

So Ovie’s keepin’ the Hart.  Can’t say I’m surprised.  I thought it was a great show.  I thought it was hilarious how that big-time Mike Modano-wannabe, Patrick Kane struggled to open the envelope.  Poor kid looked really flustered.  I also thought it was funny when Tim Thomas asked Manny Fernandez if he should thank his wife for him.   I loved when Ovechkin said that Malkin’s English is better than Pavel Datsyuk’s.  Classic.  Datsyuk was hilarious as usual.  I know I should hate Datsyuk for being a Wing, but I love the guy; he’s a total stud.  I think it’s because he’s Russian.

Anyway, here’s the list of winners:

Hart- Alex Ovechkin

Lester B. Pearson- Alex Ovechkin

Selke- Pavel Datsyuk

Lady Byng- Pavel Datsyuk

Norris- Zdeno Chara

Adams- Claude Julien

Calder- Steve Mason

Vezina- Tim Thomas

And I think that’s all the important ones.

I thought it was silly of Ovechkin to say that the Caps would win the Cup next year when the Stars are obviously going to be the 2010 champs. Wink, wink. 😉

NHL Awards Tonight

The big question tonight is whether the Hart Trophy will go to Alex Ovechkin. Evgeni Malkin, or Pavel Datsyuk.  All three are amazing players, so this’ll be a tough one to call.  I think that Ovie has the edge over Malkin and Datstuk, though.  The Hart is supposed to go to the player deemed most valuable to their team.  That’s where Ovechkin has the edge.

Is Malkin that much better than Sidney Crosby?

Would Detroit be a complete failure without Datsyuk?

The answer to both questions is, “No.”  Washington would not be as good a team without Ovechkin.  Bruce Boudreau is a great coach, but he wouldn’t be as good if he didn’t have Ovechkin.  He makes everyone around him better- his teammates and opponents. 

And, he might have won the Art Ross, but he missed a few games, and Malkin didn’t.  In those few games, Ovie probably would’ve had those four extra points to beat Malkin.  Alex Ovechkin is the best player, no question.

Besides, anyone who has the nerve to do a fire-stick celebration like Ovechkin did is awesome in my book. 🙂

Sunday Afternoon Tidbits

-I don’t like that the Pens won the Cup, but seeing Philippe Boucher hoist the Cup makes it all better.  I’m truly happy for him. 🙂

-Apparently, Dallas is at the top of Dany Heatley’s list of possible teams.  We don’t need another left winger with a big salary.  Besides, we’d have to deal Brad Richards to get him most likely, and I like Richy too much to see him go.  There’s also Heatley’s off-ice attitude.  He’s demanded a trade from both teams he’s been on.  Yeah, I understand why he wanted out of Atlanta because of the Dan Snyder thing, but wanting out of Ottawa makes him a bit of a diva in my eyes.

-Jonas Gustavsson is set to talk to Joe Nieuwendyk pretty soon.  He is good friends with Fabian Brunnstrom, who could be a factor in getting him here.

-Tippett is supposedly interviewing with the Wild.  That’d be nice since Tip’s got a house in Minnesota.

-That’s about all for now kids!

The End is Near…

Not that end, but the end of the 2008-2009 playoffs.  I don’t know what I’ll do with my life when there’s no more hockey. 😦  I gotta say, though, that these playoffs rocked.  A lot.

I LOVED that my favorite former Star, shootout assassin, Jussi Jokinen had an awesome postseason.  I love his nickname, “The Finnish-er.”  I almost passed out after I watched the last minute and a half of that Game 7 with New Jersey.  I definitely did not see that one coming.  But it rocked.  I wanted Carolina to win that series because of Juicy, but also because that was the only way we’d see the ultimate series:

Crosby vs. Ovechkin.

Before the playoffs even began, I figured out the only way that we could see Washington play Pittsburgh, and miraculously, it happened.  And that series is one I’ll never forget.  I triple-loved Game 2 when Ovechkin and Crosby both netted hat tricks.  “Anything you can do, I can do better…”  I rooted for the Caps to win the series, and I was initially heartbroken to see them lose the series, but it just wasn’t the year.

Then, of course, we got to see the league’s professional choke artists at their best.  Yep, after winning the President’s Trophy, the Sharks bowed out of the first round to the Sucks.  Gawd I hate Anaheim!  But I wasn’t all that surprised, honestly.  The Sharks just can’t raise their game when it matters.

In the West finals, I loved seeing Detroit own Patrick Kane and the Hawks.  I hate that kid.  He’s such a Mike Modano-wannabe.  Him and Bobby Ryan.

And in the Cup final, we’ve gotten to see a rematch of last year’s and the irony of ironies in Marian Hossa.  The series has been so intense for me, that I haven’t been able to eat on game day, and I’m shaking during the game.  I don’t even want to know what I’ll be like tonight in a winner-take-all Game 7.

It’s been  a great playoff year, and hopefully next year will be even better with the Stars involved and going far.  Stars for the 2010 Stanley Cup! 🙂