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Get to know a Ranger: Tanner Glass

Our final preview of the Penguins/Rangers series looks at an old friend.

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Name: Tanner Glass

Height: 6'1"

Weight: 210 lbs

Born: November 29nd, 1983 (31 years old)

Drafted: FLA 9th Round 2003, 265th Overall (acquired by the Rangers as a free agent in 2014 on a three year, $1.45 million average per year contract)

2014-15 stat line: 66 games played, 1 goal, 5 assists, 98 penalty minutes

2013-14 playoff stat line: 8 GP, 0G, 0A, 4 PIMs

2014-15 stats vs Penguins: 3 GP, 0G, 0A, 0 PIMs

2014-15 5v5 Advanced Stats: 43.5 CF%, -7.0% Corsi Relative, 96.8 PDO

Player detail (via a secret scout)

Assets: Grit! Character! Usually knows how to put left skate on left foot, and right skate on right foot thanks to Ivy League education. Good at convincing NHL teams to sign him despite little to no evidence of belonging in the league.
Flaws: Pretty much everything related to the whole playing of hockey.
Career Potential: Anchor

2014-15 New York Rangers player usage, via War on Ice

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HERO Chart (via Domenic Galamini):


Analysis: What can you say, Tanner Glass is the worst player on the best team in hockey. All his numbers are virtually the worst on the team, and all by a mile. Somehow, though, he is a favorite of the coach and still finds a way into the lineup every night where he continues to play horribly, get pinned in his own end, chase after the pucks and watch them get shot at his net. Glass is also only playing 1 minute on the PK per night (and about 10 overall) so it's really curious that he even plays. It's not like he's a key member of the PK, and for good reason, because he's not good in that regard either.

Most common line mates: Poor, poor Dominic Moore. Moore is the Rangers' 4th line center, so he gets tasked with carrying around useless Glass all season. And it's a good thing, because Glass's CF% goes from near-worst in the league 43.5% with Moore to an almost impossibly bad 39.8% without Moore. Youngster Jesper Fast, who seems a decent player, rounds out the 4th line that Glass drags down.

Why you should know who he is: Standard question, Penguins fans know all too well how dreadful of a player Tanner Glass is, having watched him up close and stinkin' for 2 seasons. In fact, that might be the ONLY good thing about the NHL lockout of 2013 - it cut out 34 games of the Tanner Glass in Pittsburgh era.

How the Pens can stop him: Stop isn't the right word, exploit is. About the only bad thing is that Glass only plays 10 minutes a night and not even more. Pittsburgh should look to double-shift Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin whenever Glass is out there, it will basically be a power play-like situation. It's hard enough to score on Henrik Lundqvist, but when the Rangers spot the Pens Glass on the ice, they need to take advantage.