CalgaryFlames.com takes a closer look at some of our potential guys – today it is Glenn Goodin.
Everything is there to take it.
Glenn Godin only had to seize the opportunity that lay before him firmly in his grasp.
It was an unconventional route into the NHL for the center, as he wasn’t signed by the team that drafted him before tossing himself into the potential charts and into the Flames squad. A fourth-round pick by the St. Louis Blues in 2015, Gawdin used a season he passed with the WHL’s Swift Current Broncos to earn himself a chance within the Calgary organization.
On the heels of an impressive Junior Final campaign that included 125 points in 67 regular season games and then the MVP distinction on the way to winning the Ed Chynoweth Cup, Richmond, BC, headed to Stockton.
In the first year, he earned the coaches’ trust, and his role in the team increased throughout the junior season. In his second year, he earned league honors, and skated in the AHL All-Star Classic. In his third year, he earned ice time in the NHL.
Nothing is given, it is always earned.
“With St. Louis, I had to prove them wrong,” Gawdin said. “I had to prove myself everywhere I went. Even in that first year in Stockton, I had to earn the trust of the coaches to get those minutes. I didn’t make it into the top six. I had to earn everything I got. That did nothing.” Except my help, all that extra practice time, all that extra video time with Dominic Pettis and Kyle (McLean), it’s paid off but there’s still a lot to do.”
There isn’t a lot of flash in Gawdin, but he’s heavy on a blue-collar work ethic and a 200-foot responsibility. He is able to accumulate points, but in his third professional season – splitting time between the Flames and the farm club – he aimed to iron out the details.
It’s the little things, you know, that make the difference between those who make it to the NHL and those who stick around.
“After those first two games with Calgary, I went down after that and that was the biggest response I got (from Flames coaches),” he said. “The little things are so important. Being young, playing those minutes and playing those games, you have to be so focused on the details. The little things make a big difference.”
All signs point to the sinking of those lessons.
Gawdin made his NHL debut on February 20 against the Edmonton Oilers, and saw 12 turnovers and north of six minutes of icy time. He made five appearances for the Flames before returning to Stockton for a few seasons before returning to the big club late in the season, skating in two consecutive games.
Two and a half months into his last stint with Calgary, Gawdin saw his biggest NHL workload to date with 16 bouts, scoring an assist and a plus-1 rating on his return to the squad.
Between his on-ice laps in the National Hockey League, Godin finished third-best scoring segment among Heat strikers, only trailing Adam Rosica And the Matthew Phillips. He also placed third among the farm team’s forwards in assists and scored the match-winning goal in a short season, all while placing additional emphasis on his off-disc play.
The task awaiting Godin is now clear, with only one square left to check his progress. He established himself as a top player in the AHL, earning a call-up in year two, and an NHL Ice time in year three. He’s putting in a lot of effort this season not only to appear in the Flames jacket again next year, but to become a regular contributor to the big club.
He knows that no matter how you read his autobiography, it’s not an opportunity that will be given to him, but one that must be won, similar to everything he has had throughout his career.
“Life in the NHL last year was a little different than I imagined, with COVID and everything else. Even with all that, it was a great experience and a dream come true. The seven games I’ve played this year, I got a taste of the NHL. It’s a taste you love. It’s where you want to be. to be in it.
“I’m working this summer to stay there full time.”