It all started with so much promise but Cody Glass‘ rookie year for the Vegas Golden Knights was brought to an abrupt end thanks to injury.
After conquering every task put in front of him, the blue-chip talent won a roster spot out of Training Camp and looked set to give the Vegas Golden Knights yet another talented offensive weapon.
Glass’ NHL adventure couldn’t have started any better, either, with the 21-year-old marking his NHL debut with his first-ever NHL goal against loathed rivals the San Jose Sharks of all teams.
The rookie would go on to record four points (two goals, two assists) in his first five NHL games, showing flashes of the high-end talent and potential that persuaded the front office to make Glass the first pick in franchise history with the sixth overall selection in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
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However, a series of unfortunate events combined to completely derail Glass’ rookie year in devastating fashion.
Despite meshing perfectly on a second-line with Max Pacioretty and Mark Stone, while showing plenty of chemistry with those two stars on the power play, Glass was bumped down the lineup on a bevy of occasions as the Knights attempted to spark some secondary scoring from the depths of their lineup.
The usual growing pains that a rookie goes through, coupled with the Golden Knights lurching from one extreme to the other in terms of play on the ice, also hindered the forwards’ progress as did injuries.
Having suffered a knee injury the year before while finishing his career in junior hockey, Glass was showing every sign of being durable until disaster struck.
First there was the concussion suffered on Dec. 8, 2020 after taking a hit to the head by New York Rangers forward Brendan Lemieux, while he had hardly gotten back into stride before suffering a right knee injury on Jan. 4, after colliding with St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester.
During Glass’ second spell out, the Golden Knights went through a coaching change with Gerard Gallant fired and Peter DeBoer brought in, paving the way for new ideas and different thoughts on the personnel.
As a result, Glass was sent down to the AHL with the Chicago Wolves in order to regain his sharpness, but that’s when the final nail in the proverbial coffin was hammered home.
During a game on Feb. 20, the center landed heavily on his right knee and it was a blow that needed surgery, thus officially bringing what was once a promising rookie season to a crushing end.
Now, there were hopes that Glass would be ready for the start of Training Camp should the 2020-21 NHL season remain unaffected by the coronavirus crisis, but what will his role be with the Golden Knights next year?
Let’s dive in and take a look…