Penguins from A to Z: Ty Glover will be a long-term project

With the Penguins’ 2021-22 season coming to a fast end in the first round of the playoffs, Tribune-Review Penguins A to Z, will give every player a look at all 54 individual NHL contract signatories — including those whose deals don’t start until the 2022 season. -23 – With the organization, prospective middle-ranked Niklas Al Mari to top six winger Jason Zucker.

Ty Glover

Site: center

Shoots: the left

age: 21

to rise: 6 feet -3

Weight: 200 pounds

2021-22 AHL stats: Two games, zero points (zero goals, zero assists)

2021-22 NCAA Statistics: 39 games, 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists).

a necklace: Enter the first year of a three-year entry contract with a maximum salary of $859,167. Waiting for free agent restricted in 2025 season.

acquired: Free agent signature not worded, March 29, 2022

Last season: It’s a very common story with this franchise.

The penguins haven’t had an excess of draft picks for the past fifteen years or so. In the name of “Winning Now,” they traded a lot of early draft picks to add players who could help the NHL roster with immediate meaning.

This method has been justified time and time again by the three most recent Stanley Cup Penguins.

But the bill for this approach was long overdue and the penguins tried to find ways to offset those expenses by adding uncredited players, particularly through the NCAA ranks.

It was a tactic that was meticulously pursued by former General Managers Ray Sheerow and Jim Rutherford. And it only increased while he was still young for current General Manager Ron Hextal.

There have been some big hits like Conor Sheary, Zach Aston-Reese and Casey DeSmith.

And there were some blunders like Ethan Brow, Eric Hartzel and Paul Thompson.

It will take some time before anyone can tell which column Ty Glover is in.

But the penguins clearly saw a lot of value in it by extending their three-year entry contract.

What they saw in Glover was not immediately apparent just by looking at his base attack stats. Primarily deployed on the left flank of Western Michigan State’s second line while also having some strength playing time, Glover was the ninth on the team to score as a sophomore.

Perhaps the best moment of Glover’s season, and his NCAA career, came during his 4-2 victory at a neutral position against the North Dakota Standing Force in the NCHC semi-final round. He scored two goals in a return victory.

After Glover helped Western Michigan score their first NCAA championship in program history (2-1 victory in overtime against Northeastern on March 25, his collegiate career ended two days later in a 3-0 loss to Minnesota.

Just 48 hours later, Glover signed his NHL contract and also signed an amateur trial (ATO) contract to complete the 2021-22 season with the Wilkes Barr/Scranton Penguins. After appearing in two regular AHL games, Glover was a healthy scratcher for all six of the Penguins’ post-season competitions.

the future: Glover will be a long-term project.

as such Suggested by Chris Peters from Daily Vesuvit is likely that the Penguins were aggressive in signing him after a mostly dormant second season in order to avoid him having a stronger junior season and attract more interest from NHL scouts.

There is a lot of core talent to love about Glover, who is a native of Salford, England, who grew up in London, Ont. He can skate well for a player of size and has some subtle touches around the cage. And as evidenced by his 48 minutes of penalty kicks, he’s not afraid to manipulate them. By his proportions, he can be an effective net front player as well as a strong wall presence as a bottom six striker.

But it will take some time and a lot of refinement to get to this point.

Follow the penguins all season long.

Seth Rorabo is a Tribune Review writer. You can contact Seth via email at srorabaugh@triblive.com or via Twitter .

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