The Dallas Stars have the third overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft and it’s one of the most intriguing spots in the draft.
Brandon Wheat Kings center Nolan Patrick and Halifax Moosheads center Nico Hischier are considered the top prospects in this draft class. There is some debate whether Patrick or Hischier will go first overall, but there seems to be a consensus opinion that neither will make it past the second pick.
That means the Stars could go in any direction at No. 3 and it’s not a bad spot. While this draft is considered weaker than past years, Dallas will still get a very good prospect at No. 3 and a player that should make an impact in the NHL.
Since the NHL Draft Lottery I’ve taken time to watch video and spoken with others that have watched these draft prospects closely to create my own scouting reports for 12 players that Dallas could consider at No. 3.
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(6-foot-2, 180 pounds)
Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
Cody Glass rocketed up draft charts this season and turned into one the WHL’s most dominant offensive players with the Portland Winterhawks.
Glass had 27 points (10 goals, 17 assists) in 65 games during the 2015-16 season when he was 16. This year that number jumped to 94 points (32 goals, 62 assists) in 69 games as Glass turned into the focal point for the Winterhawks as a 17-year-old (he turned 18 on April 1).
He finished the season as the sixth-ranked North American Skater by Central Scouting.
Glass has good size at 6-foot-2 (188 CM) and he has good vision with the puck. He often creates open space for his linemates and has shown off his creativity around the net.
Glass has a strong shot, but needs to pull the trigger more often. He’s unselfish to a fault at times, but that’s something coaching and experience could hammer out.
The biggest concern with Glass is his skating. He’s quick and doesn’t look out of place in the WHL, but his mechanics are way off. He has a short and choppy strides, which act like a restrictor plate as he tries to reach top speed. The Stars, or any team that drafts Glass, will have to work with him to fix his mechanics and theoretically that’s something that can be taught.
Glass does need to add some weight to his frame — he’s only 180 pounds (81 KG) — so he’ll have to put in some extra work in the gym to add muscle and get stronger before he becomes an NHL option. (This is a common thing with 18-year-olds).
Defensively Glass is an adequate penalty killer and he’s very strong in the face-off circles. If he packs on some muscle he has the potential to be an elite player in the defensive zone.
There’s a lot to like with Glass and his development from one year to the next makes you wonder if he can take his game a step further next season. Before this season he probably wasn’t even a first-rounder, now it wouldn’t be a surprise if he’s a top-five pick.