I mentioned Tuesday that I'm really looking forward to watching Danish defenseman Philip Larsen during training camp (which starts Saturday) and in preseason games. He is the one of three high profile Stars prospects in camp who figures to make a serious impact on the team this season. The other two are their last two lottery picks, goalie Jack Campbell and forward Scott Glennie. Campbell certainly won't make the team, and while Glennie almost certainly won't, he has a chance to put himself on the radar.
Glennie offers skills that the Stars currently need. He is a right shot on a team whose skilled scorers - Jamie Benn, Mike Richards, Brendan Morrow, James Neal, Mike Ribeiro, Louie Eriksson, Tom Wandell and even Steve Ott - are left shots. While he can play all three forward spots, he still projects as a right wing.
"We see him as a right wing," Jackson said. "He understands that side of the ice, and he can be more aggressive over there. He spent three weeks this summer with Steve Ott and his dad, and I really think you see that a little of Otter's style has rubbed off."â†µ
When he's ready, he'll add size, some physicality and pure scoring ability, all things that Dallas can badly use on the right side. While he's earmarked to return for a final season in the WHL, he'll turn 20 in February and could be a serious factor early in the 2011-12 season, as the Stars look to emerge from financial ruin.â†µ