D-man Glover a model of ef­fi­ciency

Jets’ No. 2 pick gets job done with no fuss

SundayXtra - - NHLDRAFT - By Tim Camp­bell

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

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