MLive’s Ansar Khan issues a season outlook for Luke Glendening this morning. Glendening has proven to be very useful when he’s utilized as a third or fourth-line center; former Wings coach Mike Babcock may have been reaching when he penciled Glendening in as the Wings’ shut-down center, however.
Anyway, here’s Khan’s season outlook for Glendening:
2019-20 outlook: A fixture among the Red Wings’ bottom six forwards for six seasons, Glendening will continue his grinder’s role by leading or being among the team leaders in hits and blocked shots. He is the team’s top penalty-killing forward and has improved considerably in the faceoff circle, so much so that he takes many draws in the defensive zone.
Glendening figures to center the fourth line but can play the wing, too. He can match up against the opposition’s top center, as can newly acquired Valtteri Filppula.
Glendening can contribute some offense. He didn’t score a goal in his first 51 NHL games but has scored 44 goals in his past 388 games.