2011 Draft Prospect Profile #20: Zack Phillips

Zack_phillips_resized_medium

Zack Phillips - photo courtesy of QMJHL


Position: Center
Age: 18
Date of Birth: October 28, 1992
Place of Birth: Fredericton, NB
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 180
Shoots: Right

 

20010/2011 Regular Season Stats:

GP G A PTS +/- PIM
67 38 57
95
+48 8

 

"You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone."  That moment came for me in preparing for today's Prospect Profile on Zack Phillips. During my research, I discovered that Phillips played his prep school hockey (Eaglebrook Academy) about five miles from my doorstep. Another missed opportunity!

Since his time here in Franklin County, Zack moved on to Lawrence Academy in Groton, MA. After his one season for Lawrence, he had committed to playing here in Hockey East, for UMASS-Amherst. However, a different opportunity then presented itself, and Phillips found himself able to become part of the Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL.

After a successful second season for Saint John, where he tied for sixth in league scoring and won the QMJHL champioship, Phillips and his mates opened up competition for the Memorial Cup on Friday night with a 4-3 victory over host Mississauga. Phillips' head coach for Saint John is none other than former Blue Jackets bench boss, Gerard Gallant.

Scouting Report: (Coach Gerard Gallant on NHL.com)

"Zack has great vision and is strong on the puck. He's a solid center and has come a long way in a short time. He kind of reminds me of an Adam Oates-type of player … he's strong on the puck down low and in the corners and has nifty hands."

Eaglebrook's Director of Ice Hockey, Jeff Quebec adds:

"Zack is a very talented two-way ice hockey player who has a bright future ahead of him. He sees the ice extremely well and is a creative playmaker and pure goal scorer."

Why he'd be a good fit in Columbus:

Using Coach Gallant's comparison to Adam Oates, Phillips becomes the type of forward that the Jackets desperately need. The Oates type player that can go into the corners, yet still keep his scoring touch out front should make Zack a mid first round selection. Phillips would eventually add a new dimension to an offense that sorely lacks playmakers. Currently, if the forward isn't named Nash, Umberger or to a lesser extent, Calvert, the depth isn't there for the Jackets. A player of Zack Phillips' caliber would be a nice addition for Columbus.

After CHL Top Prospects Game:

 

Goal vs. Halifax:

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join The Cannon

You must be a member of The Cannon to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Cannon. You should read them.

Join The Cannon

You must be a member of The Cannon to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Cannon. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9355_tracker