He looks to me (a little bit) like Ken Linseman but he’s a pretty big hockey player.
The oldest scouting report of any kind that the Al Gore will give me comes from an HF poster named Oilers Chick. I don’t know her real name (but I know it sure as hell isn’t David Staples) but have been reading her stuff long enough to know that she’s either seen these players or gets good information.
In March of 2004 she wrote “Glencross combines grit and physical play with some scoring touch. He led the Seawolves in both scoring (21G, 13A – 34 pts) and penalty minutes (79). If you want a more detailed report I’ll be happy to put one together for you later.This time of year many NHL teams’ scouts, and even some GMs are checking out the NCAA crop (drafted or not). They like to see them in post-season since it’s close to FA time and the draft. Also, the level of competition/intensity of play is higher than in the regular season for obvious reasons.Alaska-Anchorage was one of the biggest surprises of the WCHA Final Five. No one thought they would be there, let alone beat Wisconsin to get there. Glencross and especially senior goaltender Chris King were two of the best Seawolves players in the tourney.”
I’d reprint the scouting report from Sportsnet and tsn (they’re identical, because you know even though they are in competition with each other let’s not get carried away on thorough) but the fact of the matter is Oilers Chick summed it up pretty nicely. The farther along I go on the Al Gore the more I realize that grass roots often trumps corporate.
He seems like a really normal guy. In a CBC interview he once said “I’m not supposed to be in the NHL. All my friends back home, we still talk once a week.”
He’s an RFA this summer which means that the 25-year old (6-1, 195) LW will be due a raise from the $522,500 he’s making now. Let’s list all the LW’s in the organization with their 07-08 cap number:
- Dustin Penner 4.25M
- Raffi Torres 2.25M
- Ethan Moreau 2.0M
- Geoff Sanderson 1.5M
- JF Jacques .668M
- Patrick Thoresen .570M
- Liam Reddox .508M
So Glencross appears to be a nice, affordable and somewhat proven (compared to JF Jacques, as an example) option in the 10-14F mix for next season. I’d say at a guess that Penner and Moreau return for next season along with a scoring winger brought in via free agency or trade and then someone like Glencross for the 4line.
I suspect today’s trade was made to address the need for an “inexpensive but useful” option at the back end of the roster and sealed the deal for more than one Oiler prospect. If we make a list of players who appear to have established themselves at the NHL level this season (Cogliano, Gagner, Nilsson, Brodziak, Stortini), add them to the NHL players on the roster (Horcoff, Penner, Hemsky, Stoll, Torres, Pisani, Moreau) who are under contract or rfa’s for next season we get a total of 12 players (of a possible 14).
It’s my opinion that one or two of Stoll, Torres and Moreau may get sent away this summer but surely established NHL players will be coming back in return. No, today’s trade threw yet another roadblock in front of the kids on the farm and this guy looks for all the world like a MacTavish-type player (which I define as a player who is as effective or more effective away from the puck as he is when in possession or as an option on the rush/under control in offensive zone).
Pretty good night to get drop dead drunk if you’re a hockey player in Springfield. How’s that old Jimmy Buffet song go? If the phone doesn’t ring, it’s me.