The Journey: February Sink-Or-Swim (Glass, Tippett, Roslovic)

Benjamin Gehrels

2022-02-26

Welcome back to The Journey, where we follow hockey prospects and their paths to the NHL, providing fantasy predictions and analysis along the way.

It's the end of the month again, which means it's time for another edition of sink-or-swim. We’ll examine three former blue-chip prospects whose values have taken a hit and whose futures now seem uncertain. Should you trade them while they still have name recognition or hold until/buy low before they turn things around and get back to their dynamic ways?

Post ideas for future players in the comments or hit me up on Twitter @beegare. This month, the spotlight is on Cody Glass, Owen Tippett, and Jack Roslovic.

Cody Glass, NAS

Glass stocks are at an all-time low, so let’s review how hyped this guy was as recently as two years ago. After going sixth overall in the 2017 draft on the strength of scoring 94 points in 69 games (1.36 points per game) for the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL, he then played two additional years in the WHL, increasing his scoring rate first to 1.59 then 1.82 ppg in his D+2 season. He then scored five points in his first six professional-level games in the AHL.

At that point, he made the cover of The Hockey News' 2019 Future Watch edition as part of "The Big Three" with Cale Makar and Quinn Hughes.

We all know how the other two have turned out, but Glass has yet to deliver on all that tantalising potential. He started seeing NHL action the following year, putting up a respectable 25-point pace as a rookie in 39 games—seeing time alongside Vegas stars Max Pacioretty and Mark Stone. Patches had high praise for the kid: “He has the ultimate hockey tool, and that’s hockey IQ and knowing where to be on the ice. He’s a lot of fun to play with. He’s the future of this team, and I can’t say enough good things about him.”

But then, after some injury trouble (knee) and scoring at a somewhat underwhelming 30-point pace in his sophomore year, Glass was suddenly traded to the Nashville Predators in a three-way swap that sent Nolan Patrick to Vegas. Prior to that final season in Vegas, Glass had rehabbed his knee post-surgery for nine months—leaving him only one month to get into game shape before the 2020-21 season began. In interviews, he's discussed feeling slower that year as a result of the knee issues. Losing a half-step at the NHL level can make all the difference between dynamic and depth scorers.

Drilling a bit deeper into Glass's second season in Vegas (10 points in 27 games), it's worth noting that he actually scored seven of those points in his first eight games that year