Former Canadian World Junior Championships gold medal-winning goaltender Jeff Glass has spent the last seven seasons playing in the KHL overseas. He moved to playing with Barys Astana before ever setting foot on NHL ice, departing from the Ottawa Senators’ system in 2009 and never looking back.
Now, though, he could be on his way back to North America.
It was reported on Friday afternoon by James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail that Glass, who put up a .910 save percentage with Dinamo Minsk in 31 games last season, is expected to ink a PTO with the Toronto Maple Leafs to join the team at training camp. He would be auditioning for a spot in the team’s depth chart, likely hoping to earn a standard player contract at best – or, potentially, an AHL deal within Toronto’s system.
A native of Calgary, Alberta, the 30-year-old netminder was selected 89th overall by the Senators at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft after a 57-game season with the WHL’s Kootenay Ice.
He would follow up his relatively high draft position with a gold medal at the 2005 U20 World Junior Championships, putting up a .922 save percentage in five games for Team Canada – but after failing to break into the NHL four years into his pro career, he opted to head for Europe instead.
As a veteran goaltender who hasn’t played in North America in a little under a decade, Glass likely isn’t looking to take a backup spot at the NHL level – and the Leafs, who have Jhonas Enroth on an NHL deal and Garret Sparks waiting in the wings, likely don’t need that, either. If the Leafs are looking for a bit more minor league depth to join Sparks, Antoine Bibeau, and Kasimir Kaskisuo, though, this is a solid option to consider.