Friday, August 08, 2008

Q&A With Andrew Glass


Freshman left wing Andrew Glass, one of five first-year BU players drafted by NHL teams, was Washington’s 7th round pick in the 2007 entry draft. Last season, as a senior at the Noble & Greenough School in Dedham, Mass., Glass recorded a 27-23-50 line in 29 games, fourth best goals total in New England Prep hockey. That performance earned him a spot on the NEPSIHA All New England first team.

The 6’0”- 175 lb. Glass has skated in three national select festivals, played several seasons for the Junior Bruins organization and was named “Best Pro Prospect” at the 2006 Beantown Classic. He recently answered ten questions for the second of our Q&A interviews.

Q—Let's start by looking at your game. We've seen scouting reports that cite your strong skating and puck skills. McKeen's liked your "ability to execute at full-speed." What are your strengths and what can BU fans expect from you?

A—The strongest part of my game is skating. I feel I am more of a playmaker than a scorer, and look forward to bringing that part of my game to the team. This year should be a lot of fun.

Q—What facets of your game are you looking to improve?
A— I'm just focusing on getting stronger for the season. Off-ice workouts
have been great under the supervision of Mr. Boyle. I need to gain some more
weight for the season, and hope I can become an impact college player.

Q—In 2006, you were drafted by the USHL Columbus Jr. Blue Jackets, but elected to remain at Nobles, also playing with the Little Bruins. Tell us about that decision. Were you tempted to switch to the top junior A league in the U.S., as some prep players do?
A—I really had no interest in playing in the USHL. Nobles was a great opportunity for a strong education for the future. The level play, in my opinion, was top-end hockey. We had some great teams, and my coach, Mr. Day, is one of the best coaches in allof the prep league. I do not regret staying at Nobles, I had a great prep school experience.

Q—What do you expect to be biggest challenge in stepping up to the next level?
A—Clearly the speed and strength factors. The college game is fast-paced, everyone can skate and make a play. I'm excited to play this year with some great players, and hope to become an impact freshman.

Q—How was your second Caps development camp experience (video interview)different from last year's and how have attending the camps helped your development?
A—Last year I was real nervous about going into the camp. This year I was still nervous, but more excited. I knew what to anticipate. The level of play was intense and all of the players were extremely skilled. Each game I feel I got better, and used the experience to talk to the coaches and learn what I need to work on to get better. The camp was a perfect way to start off the summer in preparing for this year at BU.

Q—Why BU? What factors prompted your choice?
A—I'm from the Boston area, so I grew up coming to BU games and idolizing guys like Chris Drury. The coaching staff really prompted my choice. They made me feel like I had a real opportunity to have a great college career playing for BU.

Q—Have you patterned you game after Drury or another player?
A—I have always like the way he has played. He is known for his tenacity on the ice, which I consider one of my best traits. He is known for being a clutch performer, scoring goals in key overtime games. He has remained one of the best players in the NHL, and I like to learn from the way he plays the game.

Q— In 2006-07, injuries limited your icetime and production? Did that experience make your standout senior season at Nobles especially satisfying?
A—My junior year was really disappointing. The season was dictated by one injury after another. Over the summer, I rededicated myself to off-ice training and got in the best playing shape I could for the season. Going my whole senior year without getting injured once was extremely satisfying, and I hope to continue my streak of good health throughout college.

Q—You'll probably face BC goalie John Muse, your former Nobles teammate, more than a few times this year. Do you know how to beat him?
A—John Muse is a great kid. After playing with him for three years at Nobles, he is a good friend of mine. I'm just looking forward to playing him on the ice, and if I can get one by him it will definitely be pretty satisfying. He is a great kid, a great goalie, and will be a challenge every time we play BC.

Q—What are your early impressions of your new teammates based on informal skating with the team this summer?
A—All the freshman guys are good kids. Taking summer classes and skating during the week have allowed us to get pretty close. I think we have a great freshman class coming in this year, and should be impact players for the team.

2 comments:

NHL Jeff said...

Am I just missing it, or is Glass not listed with the recruits in the side-bar...?

Terrier Blogger said...

That's correct Jeff. Up to now, the only Web site we could find with prep stats is USHR, which is a subscription site.

A newly-found site, "In Ahead of the Play," (www.inahead.com) lists prospects for each NHL team and is adding stats and article links for many prospects. Andrew has a page (now in the sidebar) that lists his previous two years' stats at Nobles and, hopefully, will soon have his 2007-08 stats, which were 27-23-50 in 29 games

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