2008-09: Philip Lane made his debut with the Buffalo Jr. Sabres (OJHL). In 45 games he scored 18 goals and added 24 assists for 42 points. He also picked up 72 PIMs.
2009-10: Lane began his CHL career with the Brampton Battalion (OHL). Lane played in 64 games, picking up 32 points. Though he had 18 goals and 14 assists in his rookie season, he was a -10. In the playoffs, Lane appeared in 11 games, scoring 3 goals. Lane was drafted in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, 55th overall, by the Phoenix Coyotes(NHL).
2010-11: Lane got off to a slow start – missing time due to injury and a two-game suspension – but steadily developed into the physical, two-way forward he is projected to be in his second season with the OHL's Brampton Battalion. Lane scored 17 goals with 17 assists and was a much-improved +2 plus/minus in 54 regular season games while finishing second on the Battalion with 113 PMs. Brampton reached the playoffs despite finishing under .500. In the four-game series with Niagara, Lane was -1 with 1 assist and 2 PMs.
2011-12: Lane skated in 53 games for Brampton in his third OHL season – and was the Battalion's third-leading scorer despite missing time in January and February due to a concussion. At times he was dominant, scoring 15 goals with 26 assists and finishing plus-eleven, and was also one of the more physical players for Brampton – he finished tied for second on the team with 94 penalty minutes. Brampton finished third in the Central Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Lane was one of three players to lead the Battalion with 4 playoff goals and was plus-three with 1 assist and 7 penalty minutes in eight games. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with Phoenix in May, 2012.
2012-13: Lane played for the Coyotes' AHL affiliate in Portland in his first pro season. He scored 14 goals with 8 assists and was +10 with 62 penalty minutes. The Pirates finished second in the Atlantic Division and were swept by Eastern Conference champion Syracuse in the first round; losing two of the three games in overtime. Lane had 1 assist and was -1 with 9 penalty minutes in three playoff games.
Lane is a big-body presence with soft hands and developing offensive skills. Although he hasn’t been a huge scorer in junior, Lane has played very physically in a defense first system; something that should work in his favor within the Phoenix organization. This same style translated well over to Portland in his rookie year.
Lane made the jump from junior to the AHL and for all intents and purposes passed the test with flying colors. The scoring translated, the defensive-mind translated, and so did the body work. He will be looking at an increased role with Portland in 2013-14 and could even have an outside shot at a bottom line player with Phoenix at some point this season.