Glass showed up to rookie camp with extra muscle weight as he lobbies for a spot on the Opening Night roster with the Golden Knights, David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Excuse the pun, but Glass was a bit fragile last year, as he sustained a lower-body injury and was sent back to Portland of the WHL to start the 2018-19 campaign. Nonetheless, Vegas' first-round, sixth overall pick from the 2017 draft appears to be in better physical shape this time around. "I think I was 187 (pounds) at development camp (in June), now I'm 192. I've been gaining weight a little bit," Glass said. "I know the past couple years it's kind of been tough for me, but I feel like I'm getting stronger, faster. And I feel a lot better than I did at development camp the past couple of years." If Glass does start the new season with Vegas, he may have to settle for a fourth-line role, as the young franchise has William Karlsson, Paul Stastny and Cody Eakin occupying the top three spots down the middle.
Making his professional debut Friday, Glass scored twice in AHL Chicago's 4-3 loss to Milwaukee. Glass has firmly established himself as one of the very best prospects in the league and he showed exactly why Friday. In addition to scoring twice in his first professional contest, Glass also led all skaters with a game-high six shots on goal. The Golden Knights have refused to part with Glass even in their quest to add high-end talent to their roster, so the 20-year-old figures to be given every opportunity to earn a full-time role with the club heading into the 2019-20 season.
Glass scored twice and added three assists in WHL Portland's 10-2 rout of Kootenay on Sunday. The Vegas first-rounder fired a game-high eight shots on goal for good measure. Now 24 games into his final junior season, Glass currently leads the WHL in assists with 40 and is fourth in points with 51. One of the better offensive prospects in the NHL, Glass easily could have played for the Golden Knights this year, but Vegas smartly opted to give him one more season of full-time reps at the WHL level. Glass will begin the 2019-20 campaign in the AHL if he doesn't crack the NHL roster out of training camp.
Glass has put up 39 points in just 19 games so far with WHL Portland. The fourth-year Winterhawk and 2017 sixth-overall pick of the Golden Knights is running wild in his fourth full season in The Dub, producing at a dazzling 2.05 point-per-game rate. Glass hasn't seen any pro action yet other than four preseason games with Vegas over the last two years (he recorded four assists), but he's one of the top 19-year-olds in the entire CHL and will almost assuredly represent Canada at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. The Winnipeg native has a legitimate shot at a full-time NHL spot next fall and could see action with the Knights this spring depending on how Portland's postseason situation shakes out.
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