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Road to the NHL Draft: Cody Glass

Cody Glass

Position: Center

Junior team: Portland (WHL)

2016-17 stats: 69 games, 32 goals, 62 assists, 94 points

Size: 6-foot-2, 178 pounds

Born: Winnipeg, Manitoba

Central Scouting rank: No. 6 (North America)

What to know: Prior to the season, Glass was cut from a Hockey Canada tournament team and a mere honorable mention by NHL Central Scouting. Then he started scoring and passing. He didn’t stop, and neither did his rise up the rankings.

After skyrocketing to No. 8 in the midterm analysis, Glass finished sixth and is a candidate for a top-five pick. He’s a pass-first center, but he still kept the puck enough to record 32 goals. He was seventh in the Western Hockey League in assists, doing most of his damage at five-on-five. Glass had 44 of his 62 helpers at even-strength, embracing the top-line role he was given.

Though he gained weight during the season, he needs to continue that trend. Glass emulates Boston’s Patrice Bergeron, and he has the speed and smarts to play that role.

They said it: “Our game is about hockey IQ. Players have to read the play, see the play. He makes a lot of plays out there on the ice. He takes control of the game. But he’s also good defensively, and he’s killing penalties." – Portland coach Mike Johnston to HockeyProphets.com.

The Buffalo News is profiling prospects leading up to the NHL Draft, which will be held June 23-24 in Chicago.

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