D-man Glover a model of efficiency
Jets’ No. 2 pick gets job done with no fuss
PHILADELPHIA — If and when they write his NHL media guide bio, Jack Glover knows it will have the word “efficient” in it.
The big defenceman (6-3, 190 pounds) from the U.S under-18 development program, who’s already enrolled at the University of Minnesota, is not a banger and he’s not a scorer.
But he’s a good skater, one who likes to “push the pace and get the puck to forwards,” he said after being drafted 69th overall by the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday. “I see a guy like Paul Martin of the Penguins, and at the same time I see a guy like (Jacob) Trouba for the Jets the way he pushes the play.
“But I definitely think I’m a guy who relies on my skating, my vision and I think those are my two biggest assets.”
Glover was the Jets’ highest selection on Day 2 of the annual draft, this one at Wells Fargo Center. They had traded their second-round pick to Minnesota a year ago for Devin Setoguchi.
In its draft preview edition, The Hockey News quote a scout as saying Glover might sometimes be a little too “Minnesota nice,” on the ice.
The native of Golden Valley, Minn., a western suburb of Minneapolis, bristled at the comment, one he had obviously read before this week’s draft.
“That’s something that, growing up in Minnesota, that’s kind of the stereotype,” Glover said. “At the same time, it’s something you hear over the course of your career. My style of play, I’m not a big hitter or a big bruiser and I’m not going to go out there and look to take heads off or anything like that.
“At the same time, the way I play defence is very effective. I take great pride in my defensive game. And you see the criticism and there’s nothing you can really do about it.”
Glover said he’s already two weeks into school, and is looking forward to starting his NCAA hockey career this fall with the Golden Gophers.
“A fast team, a skilled team,” he said.
Glover said he has grown up a Minnesota Wild fan, but loves the idea of a Winnipeg-Minnesota rivalry.
“It adds a lot of excitement for me,” he said. “That rivalry is something that I’m definitely looking forward to.”
Day 2 of the draft can be a drawnout, stressful affair for some hopeful prospects.
Glover admitted to some nerves sitting through two-plus rounds without hearing his name.
“Coming into the week, I tried not to come with too many expectations,” Glover said. “Obviously you don’t know what’s going to happen, but seeing all my buddies getting drafted definitely built up the excitement for me. My heart was definitely racing. I could hear it in my ears, things like that.
“Actually getting picked was the best moment of my life so far.”
He said he had no indication the Jets were interested.
“Had met with them throughout the year a couple of times,” he said. “They come into where we play, but I had no idea.”
Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said after Saturday’s final pick the Jets checked into trying to move to late in the second round to select Glover, but that they couldn’t find a trade match with anyone.
They 18-year- old blue-liner came their way anyway.
“He’s got good size, moves very well,” Cheveldayoff said. “He’s a good two-way defenceman coming from a real strong development program, and going to college to be able to grow and develop. For us, getting him in the third round is something we’re excited about, because where we had him on our list was not in that realm.”
Jack Glover: starting NCAA career in fall with Golden Gophers