The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed left-winger Curtis Glencross to a professional try-out.

File Glencross under the category of, “useful player who somehow couldn’t get a contract this summer.”

Isn’t it bizarre how timing and circumstance works? Take a glance at Glencross’ career production, then one at David Clarkson’s, and wonder to yourself how one ends up at camp on a PTO two summers after the other signed a seven year, $36 million deal.

Glencross has been a regular 40+ point scorer throughout his career, breaking 25 goals twice with Calgary in 2010-11 & 2011-12. He’s coming off a four-year, $2.55 million deal that expired at age 32.

He was dealt to the Capitals at the 2015 trade deadline, and initially looked as though he would play a significant role for Washington down the stretch. Glencross scored four goals in his first six games after the trade and the Caps were controlling 61% of the shot attempts with him on the ice.

His numbers plummeted in his next fifteen, with just one assist and a 43.4% possession share when on the ice. His usage declined considerably in the playoffs, playing just ten minutes a night over ten appearances, and he was scratched in four of fourteen Caps playoff games. He scored a key goal in Game 5 of the Caps’ series versus the Rangers — his lone playoff point — only for his giveaway to contribute to the decisive Ranger tally in overtime.

“He came in, scored some goals for us early, then some things went on that he kind of lost his game a little bit and I don’t think we had time to wait around for him to find it again,” Caps general manager Brian MacLellan said. “There’s a good player in there. We saw a little bit of it. I made the point to the coaches, if we win that [Game 5] 1-0 when he scored that goal, it’s a great trade. That’s the fine line.”

Glencross has struggled to stay consistently healthy in recent seasons, but he played 71 games last season – the first time he’s broken the 70-game mark since 2010-11.

A look at the variety of veteran options available to the team on either short-term contracts or PTOs suggests the game plan is to keep the youth largely down and off the big club roster barring something unforeseen in training camp and preseason.

This creates a log-jam for the Maple Leafs on left wing, where Babcock already has:

  1. James van Riemsdyk
  2. Leo Komarov
  3. Daniel Winnik
  4. Shawn Matthias
  5. Taylor Beck

Toronto Maple Leafs Training Camp Outlook

*Player Tryout Agreement
italics Injured
James van RiemsdykNazem KadriP.A. Parenteau
Joffrey LupulTyler BozakRichard Panik
Leo KomarovPeter HollandDevin Setoguchi*
Daniel WinnikNick SpalingBrad Boyes*
Shawn MatthiasMark ArcobelloMatt Frattin
Taylor BeckSam CarrickConnor Brown
Curtis Glencross*Byron FroeseZach Hyman
Josh LeivoWilliam NylanderCasey Bailey
Brendan LeipsicMitch MarnerKasperi Kapanen
Frederik GauthierNikita Soshnikov
Nathan Horton
Dion PhaneufRoman Polak
Morgan RiellyStephane Robidas
Jake GardinerPetter Granberg
Matt HunwickTom Nilsson
Martin Marincin
Stuart Percy
T.J. Brennan
Scott Harrington
Viktor Loov
Jonathan Bernier
James Reimer
Christopher Gibson
Antoine Bibeau
Garret Sparks

Curtis Glencross Scouting Report via Forecaster

Position: Left Wing (shoots left)
Born: Dec 28, 1982, Kindersley, SASK [32 yrs.old]
Height: 6.01
Weight: 200 [185 cm/91 kg]
Assets: Is an industrious, physical forward who usually keeps the game as simple as possible. With good speed, he can score goals in bunches and is a solid role player. Takes care of his end, and can even contribute on the penalty kill.
Flaws: Will always need to outwork opponents, as he can’t make it on pure talent alone. Inconsistency has plagued him, especially early on in his career. Can occasionally take a bad penalty that hurts his team.
Career Potential: Gritty two-way winger.

Curtis Glencross Statistics

2000-01Brooks BanditsAJHL60232245113 |
2001-02Brooks BanditsAJHL53422668163 |
2002-03U. of Alaska-AnchorageWCHA3511122379 |
2003-04U. of Alaska-AnchorageWCHA3721133479 |
2003-04Cincinnati Mighty DucksAHL721360|916710
2004-05Cincinnati Mighty DucksAHL5163963-6|1220210
2005-06Portland PiratesAHL41151025857|19461037
2006-07Portland PiratesAHL3161016743|----------
2006-07Anaheim DucksNHL21012-1|----------
2006-07Syracuse CrunchAHL29191635531|----------
2006-07Columbus Blue JacketsNHL70000-4|----------
2007-08Columbus Blue JacketsNHL366612253|----------
2007-08Edmonton OilersNHL269413285|----------
2008-09Calgary FlamesNHL741327404214|603312
2009-10Calgary FlamesNHL671518335811|----------
2010-11Calgary FlamesNHL79241943596|----------
2011-12Calgary FlamesNHL6726224862-13|----------
2012-13Calgary FlamesNHL4015112618-8|----------
2013-14Calgary FlamesNHL3812122412-11|----------
2014-15Calgary FlamesNHL5391928393|----------
2014-15Washington CapitalsNHL184376-1|101012
NHL Totals507134141275351|1613414
Curtis Glencross Statistics
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