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Glennie back on track after two rough years

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Now that nearly two years of interruptions have passed, Texas Stars forward Scott Glennie has his game back on track.

The 23-year-old from Winnipeg has had no shortage of frustration with injuries in his short pro career, but with six playoff goals and a good finish to the AHL's regular season, his timing is probably good.

Glennie's entry-level contract with the Dallas Stars expires on June 30.

"That's definitely something in the back of my mind a little bit," he said this week. "And that's what the (Stars) want to see, how you play in the playoffs. I think I've put myself in a pretty good position with Dallas and I think I've had a pretty good playoffs and hopefully we can get something done again.

"I've gotten used to the pro game and I feel like I'm contributing."

The former Brandon Wheat Kings sniper was Dallas's first-round pick, eighth overall, in 2009, so expectations have always been high.

He produced 12 goals and 37 points in his rookie pro year but then was hampered by injuries in 2012-13, managing only 37 regular-season games in the AHL. Five goals and just 14 points, and no points in nine playoff games didn't excite anybody.

Then 2013-14 started on another bad note. Glennie suffered a knee injury in the first exhibition game last fall and it cost him another month.

"That stung a little bit but you try not to dwell on those things," he said. "It's been a difficult past two seasons. It's no fun watching the guys play from the sidelines, especially when you want to be out there so badly. When I was hurt, it was about maintaining a good work ethic. I had a lot of guys pushing me off the ice, making sure I was in good shape.

"I've been healthy for pretty much the whole second half of the year and the playoffs. I can't say how much fun it's been."

His production went back up in the second half and he ended the season with 15 goals and 28 points in 50 games. He's been an asset to the Stars in the post-season, too.

"I'm feeling pretty good," he said. "It's been one of the longest runs I've had in the playoffs. It's the best time of the year and I'm really enjoying it."

In the AHL championship series, he started off with two goals in a 6-3 win over the St. John's IceCaps on Sunday.

"It's going to be a hard-fought battle," he said. "They work really hard. They skate really hard. They're a really good transition team, just like us. I think it's going to be fast-paced games, lots of hits and nice goals, a really good series to watch."

The series resumes tonight in St. John's with Game 3 after the sides split a pair in Cedar Park, Texas, and Glennie said the Stars know they're in for a battle.

tim.campbell@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 11, 2014 C2

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