Well the reason he hasn't played a ton is because Murray knows what he has in him, having had him in camp the past 2 years before this.
The Kings believed Strbak and Gleason both had legit shots of making the NHL roster, and along with Brown thats why they have played in so many of the preseason games.
The Kings are very high on Gleason, alot more so than the hardcore fans are. I know the Kings tried to get him in the 01 draft by trading up from 30, and then were able to get him for Smoke, so Taylor, Murray or someone in the orginization sees something in him.
Personally I think the whole year in Manchester would be the best thing for Gleason.