It’s fair to say Cody Glass is in limbo. The young center is clearly ready for NHL action but chances are the organization will send Glass to the AHL. Not ideal for an already patient prospect, but with Vegas’ center depth, it’s been the reality for him for the past two years and appears to be once again this year.
Years back another highly-rated NHL prospect was in the same situation as Glass.
Yeah my first year. They even told me when they sent me down that ‘you deserve to be here, but we just didn’t have room for you.’ -Max Pacioretty
Pacioretty was selected 22nd overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2007 NHL Draft. The following training camp, in 2008, that he found himself on the roster bubble.
Then I went down and I started off the season slow.-Pacioretty
Pacioretty was eventually pulled up that season and ended up playing almost half of a season with Montreal. He would go on to finish the year with 11 points (3 goals, 8 assists) in 34 games.
Whether you make the team out of training camp or not, there’s going to be so much made of the guys who do make and the guys that get sent down. All that can change in a matter of days, hours, minutes. So don’t get stuck on that decision and don’t let it affect the way you play. Whether you’re up or down take each day as a day to get better.-Pacioretty
The Canadiens would send Pacioretty back to the AHL a few more times before he became a full-time NHL’er in 2011.
Things change so quickly, especially now. So many teams have so much depth, like we do. If someone goes down with an injury or someone isn’t playing well and you’re showing your stuff in the minors, then it’s no different then making the team out of camp.-Pacioretty
Glass may be heading to Chicago but he should take Pacioretty’s advice with him. As Golden Knights fans quarrel over who made the team and who didn’t, the youngster should handle his business, dominate in the AHL and patiently wait for his call up.
The question isn’t “if” he’ll get the call this year, it’s “when?”