Habsworld.net names Ryan Glenn the February Prospect of the Month, due to his impressive play as he was able to really step it up in the last few weeks of the season for his team. This month saw several of the Habs prospects pick up the game, and naming just one was a tough chore this time around. Ryan Glenn was selected in the 2000 NHL entry draft in the 5th round 145th overall. The BC native is playing in his final season in the NCAA for the Saint Lawrence Saints of the ECAC conference. What made Glenn’s month so impressive was his play in both ends of the rink. On a team that is a -41, Glenn was able to raise his +/- from +2 to +9 in the month while playing on the top line in all situations. Also Ryan was able to contribute offensively, as he picked up three goals and five assists in seven games, which helped his team win some games as they head into the playoffs. Glenn’s offensive output my not seem that high, but with his recent production he was able to set career highs in goals, assists and points. Not only did he set career highs, but he was able to get three or 30% more assists this year then in his entire three year career, and was one point shy of reaching his career total of points in one season, a career of over 100 games in the NCAA.
Since February Glenn has helped his team move into the second round with an impressive 1st round sweep of the Yale Bulldogs. Ryan should be finishing up his studies at St. Lawrence, and will be looking to make some impressions at the Habs development camp this summer/fall, as he will without a team to play for come next season and will be considered a free agent if not signed by July 1st, 2005. Glenn’s recent play should get him some attention from Habs brass, which could find him in a similar situation to Matt Shasby a recent NCAA grad who was taken the year before Glenn right around the same spot.
Honorable mention has to go to last months prospect of the month, Corey Locke as he continued his torrid scoring pace and remains the top scorer in the OHL for a second consecutive season. Locke could easily have been named prospect of the month, as he picked up 22 points for the month, but it wasn’t as impressive as his 41 point in 27 games where he was just unstoppable. Locke has racked up an astounding 262 points in just 128 games.
Also to be considered, Michael Lambert had a very productive month of February as well. Lambert did see his scoring pace cool off some, but he still was able to set a career highs in goals, as he picked up seven goals in 12 games. Lambert has since hit the 40 goal mark, after coming close to 30 twice but never reaching it, a sign that he has found more confidence in his impressive shot. But he was also able to improve his +/- stats, as he went from a +17 to a +27 while continuing to lead his team in scoring as one of the QMJHL’s top ten scorers.
Marcel Hossa is another prospect who stepped up his play in the month of February, as he went on a stretch where he scored eight goals in 11 games, which Hab fans will be happy to hear with the recent loss of Josef Balej who collected 12 points over the course of the month.