Stars pick Glennie in 2009 NHL Draft

MONTREAL – The Dallas Stars selected right wing Scott Glennie with the eighth overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, held at Montreal’s Bell Centre.

Glennie, 18, spent this past season with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League (WHL), leading the team in points-per-game average at 1.27 (28 goals and 42 assists for 70 points) in 55 games. In 12 playoff games, he helped the Wheat Kings reach the WHL Conference Finals, finishing tied-for-fourth in assists (15) and tied-for-ninth in points (18).

“We’re very happy about selecting Scott Glennie with the eighth overall selection,” said Stars Director of Amateur Scouting Tim Bernhardt. “Scott brings a lot of speed and skill. He has very good vision and sees the ice well.

He’s a right wing but he’s also a centerman so we don’t know what he’ll play down the road. His coach said he will play center next year and he’s played a lot of center before. But we’re very pleased that we were able to draft Scott.”

The 6-1, 177-pound native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, represented Canada at the 2008 Ivan Hlinka Memorial (winning gold) and also participated in the 2008 World Under-17 Challenge, winning a bronze as a member of Team West.

Glennie finished fifth in rookie scoring with 58 points (26 goals, 32 assists) in 2007-08, after teaming up with fellow rookie linemates Brayden Schenn (No. 4 rank by Central Scouting in this draft) and Matt Calvert (selected by Columbus, 127th overall in 2008) as one of the highest rookie scoring lines in recent WHL history (193 combined points).

Prior to playing for Brandon, Glennie scored 31 goals in 38 games with the Winnipeg Wild Midget AAA and was named to the league all-star team as well as selected as the team MVP.

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