Back in February, we gave you five players that the Flyers could potentially go after in this year’s draft. Now with the standings looking a bit different and the Flyers possibly messing up their own draft position here are five more talented players that could wind up in the Flyers system.
Previous Potential Draft Target – Michael Rasmussen
C, Portland, WHL
Cody Glass is a player who checks off a lot of boxes on Ron Hextall’s drafting board. Glass is a complete player, dominating all three zones each and every game. We’ve heard those words used to describe some current players, and unlike them, Glass actually lives up to the description. Glass stands at 6’2, 179 lbs, and has seen tremendous offensive improvement in his sophomore season. He turned 18 on April 1st but his improvement is no elaborate prank.
Talked with 2 scouts: Seems as though Cody Glass is climbing up draft boards. One scout said he’d take him as high as the 7-9 range. #WHL
— Jacob Stoller (@NHLStoller) March 24, 2017
He saw a 67 point rise from his rookie season with just four more games played. Last season, Glass only managed 27 points, now, In a very nice 69 games played, the young forward has amassed 32 goals and 62 assists, while playing very smart defensive hockey. There isn’t much to say about Glass that does him justice, as seeing it with your own eyes tells the story. There is no downfall to his game and no knock on any of his abilities. His draft stock is rising, but he could still fall in the 8-12 range, and next season he will have an important role for both his Portland Winterhawks team, and Team Canada, when he should get the chance to play in his first WJC. That is, if he isn’t in the NHL next season, as he certainly seems close.
Hot tip for anyone facing Glass in the next decade: don’t take him for granted, because he will burn you. – Ryan Kennedy
After being cut from Team Canada for the Ivan Hlinka tournament, Glass was motivated to make sure no one would overlook his talent again.
“I use motivation as my key,” Glass said. “I got cut from Team Canada (for the summer Ivan Hlinka tourney) so I used that to push through and prove to people that I should have made it. I just keep trying to prove people wrong, starting as an honorable mention (on NHL Central Scouting’s list) and moving up to eighth.” –Kennedy