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Khan on the outlook for Luke Glendening

MLive's Ansar Khan offers a 2016-17 season outlook for Luke Glendening:

2016-17 outlook: Glendening has become a fixture as the fourth-line center, a player coaches trust because of his defensive awareness and knack for doing the "little" things.

He can be matched up against top centers. He is a good skater who brings an element of grit by playing physical and agitating opponents. He's one of the team's top penalty killers and shot-blockers. He has made significant improvement in the faceoff circle since breaking into the league midway through the 2013-14 season.

He is respected for his work ethic on and off the ice and has become a mentor for younger players like Dylan Larkin and Riley Sheahan.

He can provide some offense by going to the net and seems to score many of his goals on backhand shots.

Key question: With Henrik Zetterberg likely playing more on the wing, will Glendening and his line be used more often against top centers?

Khan continues, and I'm hoping that Glendening isn't used as a match-up guy. He's at his best when he's a fourth-line grinder:

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SnarkinLarkin's avatar

Hopefully Glenny can mentor Larkin on face-offs (his weakest skill).

Posted by SnarkinLarkin on 08/29/16 at 04:02 PM ET

Chet's avatar

yes, glenny CAN be matched up against top centers, if you want him eaten alive.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 08/29/16 at 05:05 PM ET

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——He can provide some offense by going to the net and seems to score many of his goals on backhand shots.
——I understand what Khan means here, but still many goals and Glendening in the same sentence sounds funny.

Posted by VPalmer on 08/29/16 at 06:47 PM ET

duhduhduh's avatar

Glennie is the Ben Wallace of hockey. Very limited skill set, all defensive oriented, and offensively, a liability. If you don’t surround him by all stars, he hurts you the more he plays.

Posted by duhduhduh on 08/29/16 at 08:37 PM ET

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In the last 3 seasons, Glenny’s defensive intelligence and backchecking has neutralized more odd man rushes than any player I’ve watched on this roster since Sergie Fedorov. Its crystal clear to me, why the rookie coach, and the veteran coach use him so much in match-up situations when tied or when leading.  Unsure he will ever develop offensively more than what he is today.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Holland Hate Hyperbole Town (HHHT) on 08/30/16 at 09:49 AM ET

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Glennie is the Ben Wallace of hockey. Very limited skill set, all defensive oriented, and offensively, a liability. If you don’t surround him by all stars, he hurts you the more he plays.

I disagree. I think Wallace was one of a kind defender and rebounder and he was not surrounded by all stars. Billups, Hamilton, Rasheed and Prince were good players, but not superstars.

Posted by VPalmer on 08/30/16 at 11:55 AM ET

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