Pheonix Copley

Pheonix Copley

Hometown:

North Pole Alaska

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-01-18

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2010

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-4

Acquired:

Trade with Washington Capitals, July 2015

Weight:

195 lbs.

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History

2008-09: Pheonix Copley skated for the U18 Arctic Lions in Fairbanks along with his older brother Navarone Copley.

2009-10: Copley played for the U18 California Titans — splitting the goaltending duties with Gordon Ceasar. In 10 regular season games he was 6-1 with one shutout and had a 2.62 goals against and .871save percentage.

2010-11: Copley attended camp with the Corpus Christi IceRays of the NAHL and earned the starting goaltender spot. He played in 42 of 48 games for Corpus Christi. Copley was 14-23-4 with a 4.17 goals against and .880 save percentage on an IceRays team that missed the playoffs after finishing fifth in the South Division.

2011-12: Copley began his first USHL season with the Tri-City Storm and in November he committed to playing college hockey at Michigan Tech in 2012-13. He was obtained by the Des Moines Buccaneers in exchange for goalie Christian Frey in a February trade. Splitting the goaltending duties with 2011 Tampa Bay draft pick Adam Wilcox, Copley appeared in 25 games for the Storm and was 9-13 with a 3.14 goals against and .905 save percentage. He played in 20 games for Des Moines following the trade and was 7-11-1 with a 3.09 goals against and .909 save percentage. The Buccaneers missed the playoffs after finishing seventh behind Tri-City in the Western Conference.

2012-13: Copley burst onto the college scene — making 70 saves in two games in back-to-back 4-0 shutouts over Western Michigan and Michigan at the Great Lakes Invitational and being named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player — as a freshman for Michigan Tech. In 24 games he was 8-15-1 with a 3.22 goals against and .900 save percentage. The Huskies finished tenth in the WCHA. Copley stopped 29 shots against North Dakota in a 2-1 win to force a Game 3 in their first round WCHA series and was in net the next night as the Fighting Sioux scored six goals on 44 shots in a 6-0 win.

2013-14: Copley joined the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays for their playoff run after signing an NHL contract with Washington following his sophomore season at Michigan Tech. The Capitals signed Copley to a two-year entry-level contract on March 19th, 2014. Copley made his first pro appearance on April 2nd, stopping 10 of 12 shots in relief of starter Allen York (including all three shootout attempts) to get credit for the win in the Stingrays 6-5 win over Florida. South Carolina was the top team in the South Division. Copley was 10-13-6 with one shutout in 30 games for Michigan Tech in his final college season. The Huskies finished fifth in the re-aligned WCHA and lost to Bowling Green in a two-game quarterfinal series.

2014-15: Copley played 26 games for Capitals AHL affiliate Hershey as a backup to Phiipp Grubauer in his first pro season. He was 17-4-1 with three shutouts and had a 2.17 goals against and .925 save percentage. The Bears finished first in the East Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Copley appeared in five playoff games and was 3-1 with a 1.83 goals against and .946 save percentage. Copley was obtained by St. Louis from Washington in July 2015 as part of the trade for forward T.J. Oshie. 

2015-16: Copley made his first NHL appearance during a call-up in February — allowing one goal on six shots in 24 minutes of action in relief of Jake Allen in his only game with the St. Louis Blues. He shared the goaltending duties for the AHL’s Chicago Wolves with Jordan Binnington. Copley was 15-16-3 with three shutouts and had a 2.79 goals against and .909 save percentage with the Wolves. Chicago finished sixth in the Central Division, missing the AHL playoffs.

 

Talent Analysis

Copley is a large goaltender who is surprisingly mobile for his size. He is still a bit lanky, but he is very athletic. In his first pro season after two years in college, he is still learning to properly challenge shooters and utilize his angles as well as learning to track the puck better through traffic. He has the raw skills and is in the process of developing his game to take advantage of those abilities.

Future

Copley made his first NHL appearance in a cameo with St. Louis at the end of February and played for the AHL's Chicago Wolves in 2015-16. At the end of his original two-year entry-level contract, Copley would become an unrestricted free agent if not tendered a qualifying offer by the Blues. The Blues have several young goaltending prospects behind NHL goalies Brian Elliott and Jake Allen. Copley, if re-signed, will likely compete with recently signed Finnish goalie Ville Husso for the AHL starting job. A mystery coming out of college hockey, Copley has shown promise in his two years of pro hockey. Whether he has the potential to play in the NHL is uncertain.

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