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Canucks at Five will be a series consisting of draft profiles for potential selections at 5th overall in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
By Scott Rosenhek
Next up in the Canucks at Five series is Cody Glass. At 6’2, he has an NHL frame to grow into and judging by how tall his father and brother are, Cody may still have quite a bit of growing left. The Winnipeg, Manitoba native has been quickly rising as the season wore on, evident by where he stands in these rankings.
There seems to be quite a bit of variation in his rankings between these other draft list sites, but I can’t imagine why. Cody Glass has a lot of upside, but maybe these sites that are ranking him lower are getting lost in the two-way label attached to him. Craig Button has given Glass tremendous praise, calling him the third best centre in the draft and having the Canucks select him in the TSN Mock Draft.
Button suggests that Glass reminds him a lot of Mark Scheifele of the Winnipeg Jets. And I can definitely see that. Glass is a 200-foot player with a quick transition game and tremendous vision on the ice. Cody Glass scored 32 goals for the Portland Winterhawks this year, finishing the regular season with 94 points. Of his regular season total, 67 points in his 69 games were at even strength, the highest rate of that situational production in the CHL.
When Scheifele played for the Barrie Colts in the OHL, his draft season produced 22 goals and 75 points in 66 games. But it is not the numbers that makes their play similar. This comes down to their play style and attitude towards the game of hockey. Both are very responsible in their own ends, but can add an offensive touch on top of an excellent foundation.
Scheifele has really broken out in the NHL in the last two years, hitting the 30 goal mark in his fourth season in the league. This would a fantastic ceiling to reach if Glass can fully hit his potential. It is very difficult making comparisons to current NHL players, but I can see the argument behind the comparison to Mark Scheifele.
There is another player comparison that comes from the coach of the Portland Winterhawks. Glass has a bit of an advantage when it comes to coaching. Mike Johnston served as head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins for a short time, allowing him to observe Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin up close. Under Johnston’s coaching, Glass has stepped up following his snub from the Ivan Hlinka under-18 tournament. Johnston is not afraid to compare Cody Glass to Nashville’s Ryan Johansen. Here is a visual comparison of their stats:
Cody Glass is so much more than just a two-way centre. I believe he has the potential to really drive offence from his line. He can check hard, be smart with the puck and plays with a driven purpose. As of right now he might only seem like a second line centre, but just like Bo Horvat and Mark Scheifele have done in the past, I think Cody Glass will surprise a lot of people.
You can a take a look at his skill and vision in two of his 5-point nights this season: