The more prospects we look at the more difficult it becomes to predict the 2017 NHL Draft. The lack of generational players does not mean that there are no good players; there are a lot of players with some intriguing upsides. This includes our next prospect, Cody Glass.
For the previous prospect, Michael Rasmussen, click here.
Cody Glass plays for the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League. He is a right-shooting center with two full years of experience with Portland.
Glass is 6’2″, 178 pounds, and is the sixth-ranked North American skater according to NHL Central Scouting.
Glass exploded onto the WHL scene this season, more than tripling his offensive output from his rookie year. Glass went from a 27 point rookie year to a 94 point season his second year. To say things clicked for him is a bit of an understatement. His game is more of a pass first style, and his 62 assists certainly back that up, but he also has a very good shot that can notch him another 32 goals. Glass is also one of, if not the best two-way player in the draft. His compete level is high, as is his hockey IQ. He sees the ice very well and can set teammates up just as well as he can bury the puck himself. He finds himself very close to other players like Gabriel Vilardi and Michael Rasmussen, but scouts seem to agree that Glass is a better skater than both of these players. Will he have the highest up side? Hard to tell.
Here’s the scouting reports:
ISS #7 Cody Glass
Lots to like about his game. Good size, speed & work ethic. Creates chances w/ skill & vision.
— ISS Hockey (@ISShockey) April 12, 2017
Outside of the physical elements, the skills Glass brings to the table are impressive. He has excellent vision and offensive creativity and can thread a pass to the crease, dangle the puck to attract defenders and find the open winger for the shot on goal. Glass’ skating is a bit awkward, but he has good speed and rarely gets beat. It is easy to see, with some work, Glass being one of the quicker skaters on his NHL team. He should have potted even more goals during his Sophomore season. Glass is a pass-first center but has a dangerous shot that is not uncorked as often as it could or should be. That said, his playmaking skills are excellent, so it’s a minor quibble that he likely grows out of with further seasoning in the WHL.
Perhaps one of the most underrated or undervalued prospects in the 2017 draft class. Glass has good size, and can impact the game both offensively and defensively. Glass has had a breakout season in his draft year more than tripling his offensive production and assuming the role of first line center for the Portland Winterhawks. Glass had a strong showing at the Top Prospects Game in Quebec, but has no international experience for Canada and is relatively unknown outside the WHL as a result. He has seen marked improvements in his skating and strength adding about ten pounds this season. Glass thinks the game fast, has a high hockey IQ and has great vision combined with soft hands and excellent puck skills. His compete level is elite and the main development opportunity for Glass is to continue to add strength and mass to his projectable 6-2 frame. Don’t be surprised to see Glass selected in the top ten of the 2017 NHL draft. If he goes later than that we could look back on this draft and say what a steal.
A dangerous two-way center that thinks the game at a high level, never making the same mistake twice. He is analytical and patient in the development of his strengths. He transitions up-ice quickly and is able to create and dictate offensive chances on the rush. He attacks hard and fast and consistently displays excellent puck control. His decision making is very good, indicative of his high level of hockey sense. He plays a complete game and elevates his play as energy levels rise. At the next level, he will need to be even faster and more physically assertive to make his presence felt. All-in-all, an intense, quick-thinking competitor that can elicit a crowd’s excitement when he’s on the ice.
A strong positional player who plays well on both sides of the puck…although his foot speed is pretty good for a guy his size, first step accelerate could improve…not overly flashy offensively but effective due to smarts and excellent senses…an excellent puck mover, he finds teammates with ease and is a huge possession asset…has the confidence and protection skills to rag the puck until he finds an open teammate…execution of passes is excellent and he is especially skilled at changing angles with his hands to create passing lanes…has a knack for dictating the pace and slowing the game down when he’s on the ice…plays a gritty game and uses his body and quickness to create space…strength in a two way game and displays a big active disruptive stick in the defensive zone…supports his defensemen down low and ties up his check in front of the net…not a brute physically but uses his size effectively…shows great compete to get quick on pucks and make decisive plays…a projected top-six character center with offensive upside.
May only have competition from Patrick and Hischier as the draft’s top playmaker. Smarts, poise and vision along with puck protection skills result in multiple scoring chances for teammates each game and he’s not without goal-scoring abilities either. He gets stronger/quicker and he’ll fill a productive top-two center role and perhaps play on the first power=play unit.
Late bloomer with excellent speed, quick hands and sneaky release. Since last season he gained 20+ pounds and grew more than a couple inches, making him tough to push of the puck in his possessions. Has a high hockey sense – finds the open seams, and gets open, and anticipates were the puck will be. Strong on the puck, keeping it away from from opposing defenders. Displays excellent all-around speed. He looks to get even bigger and stronger, and has significant upside.
Should the Avalanche Draft Him?
Cody Glass is an excellent all-around player that does all kinds of things very well. His overall skill and work ethic do seem to make him a very Avalanche kind of draft pick, you really do have to wonder if the Avalanche would want to draft yet another center. True, Glass won’t be making the NHL roster any time soon and you simply don’t know what will happen a couple years from now, but it really does seem like the system might want to go in another direction. Also, while there is a lot to like on Glass’s offensive game, the Avs lack a pure scorer pretty much throughout their system. I’m not saying that this will cause the Avalanche to look away from Glass, but it certainly has to be something that they are going to be considering.
Glass certainly is heading on a very positive trajectory, which has put him in a very positive spot on the draft boards, but I wonder if the Avalanche will want a different type of player. Perhaps the big-bodied physical type that jams the front of the net, like Rasmussen; or the speedy sniper like Tippett; or even the flashier hands and playmaking of a guy like Mittelstadt. At the end of the day, however, if Cody Glass is the name Joe Sakic announces from the stage on draft day, there is certainly no reason for Avalanche fans to be upset.