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Zack Phillips, C

Shoots: R

Height: 6-1

Weight: 181

Born: 1992-10-28

Hometown:  Fredericton , NB

Drafted: 2011 by Minnesota, 28th overall

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

 

December 2014 – Even though Zack Phillips embarked on his professional hockey career as a first round pick, Zack Phillips was taken with the Wild likely knowing full well that this is a wait and see selection. He will bring to the Minnesota program an underrated pair of hands and hockey sense; his subpar defensive capabilities and first step were his main caveats when assessed. Plays with his head first due in large part to his adept vision and ability to assess plays and react accordingly in short order. Phillips in the Minnesota Wild system seems to make for a good fit as they will be no hurry to rush his development due to the offensive talents they have ahead of Phillips in the depth chart, thereby allotting him more time to work on improving his marginal footwork. In due course, Phillips should be able to assert himself offensively the for the Iowa Wild the way he did for the St. John Sea Dogs in major junior hockey. Edric Joseph


December 2013 - Phillips is in his second full season of professional hockey, tallying three goals and five assists so far in 18 games with the Iowa Wild of the AHL. Last season he finished a minus-11, and so far in 2013/14 he is a minus-4. This seems to be the knock on Phillips who needs to improve in the defensive end in order to be considered a top 12 option by the Minnesota Wild in the future. Jamie Zadow

 


May 2013 - In 2012/2013, Phillips completed his first full season of professional hockey and recorded 27 points (8 G, 19 A) in 71 games with the Houston Aeros (AHL). At age 20, Phillips is expected to finish out the remaining two-years of his entry level contract in the AHL. Although he may be close to having the offensive skill and playmaking ability to be a second-line center in the NHL, he’ll need to improve on the defense side of the ice before he’s considered a top-12 option for Minnesota. - Clayton Bailey

 

March, 2012 – Phillips finished off the 2011/12 season with 80 points after putting up 97 last year. Whether it’s scoring goals or being the setup man, he’s an offensive threat on every shift. He has great vision and silky smooth hands. He will look to continue his playoffs dominance after putting up 24 points in 17 playoff games last year. He signed an entry level contract with the Wild in December but will likely spend some time in the minors to improve his physical play and his skating. Derek Leblanc

 

Fantasy Outlook: C+

If Phillips cracks the NHL roster, it will be in large part to his ability to better his skating while developing a tendency to make the correct play rather than striving unrealistically for the perfect play.  Marked improvement in agility should be a key priority at this point in his career arch. 

 

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