2007-08: Zack Phillips was chosen in the second round, 34th overall, of the 2008 QMJHL Entry Draft by the Lewiston Maineiacs.
2008-09: Phillips played for Lawrence Academy in New England, scoring 19 goals and adding 29 assists for 48 points in 30 games. Phillips was dealt to the Saint John Sea Dogs prior to the 2009-10 season.
2009-10: In his QMJHL rookie season, Phillips played in 65 games, for the Sea Dogs. He scored 16 goals and added 28 assists for 44 points. In 21 playoff games, he scored 2 goals and added 4 assists for 6 points.
2010-11: In 67 games for the Sea Dogs, Phillips scored 38 goals and added 57 assists for 95 points on the season. Played for Team Orr at the 2011 CHL Home Hardware Top Prospects Game, scoring 1 goal and adding 2 assists for 3 points in Orr’s 7-1 win over Team Cherry. Phillips was chosen in the first round, 28th overall, of the 2011 NHL Draft by the Minnesota Wild.
2011-12: Signed to a three-year entry-level contract by the Wild in December 2011, Phillips was the second-leading scorer for the QMJHL champion Saint John Sea Dogs in his third junior season. He scored 30 goals with 50 assists in 60 games and was plus-47 with 32 penalty minutes. The Sea Dogs won 50 of 68 games in finishing with the league’s best record and were 16-1 in the playoffs. Phillips scored 9 goals with 23 assists and was plus-29 in the playoffs. In four games at the Memorial Cup he scored 3 goals and 1 assist and was an even plus/minus. Saint John finished 2-2 at the tournament; falling to Shawinigan in the semifinal game.
2012-13: Phillips skated in 71 games for Wild AHL affiliate Houston in his first pro season. The 20-year-old scored 8 goals with 19 assists and was -11 with 10 penalty minutes. The Aeros were fourth in the South Division and lost to Grand Rapids in the first round of the playoffs. Phillips had 1 assist and was -4 with 2 penalty minutes in five playoff games. He was with the Wild during the NHL playoffs but did not appear in any games.
2013-14: Phillips attended NHL training camp with Minnesota before skating for Wild AHL affiliate Iowa in his second pro season. The only player to skate in all 76 games for Iowa, he led the offensively-challenged club in points with 12 goals and 21 assists and was minus-30 with 16 penalty minutes. Iowa missed the AHL playoffs; finishing fifth in the Midwest Division.
2014-15: Phillips spent most of the season with Minnesota Wild AHL affiliate Iowa before being obtained by the Bruins in exchange for Jared Knight in March 2015. In 49 games with the Iowa Wild he scored 7 goals with 8 assists and was -19 with 14 penalty minutes. Phillips fared a bit better with Boston affiliate Providence, scoring 3 goals with 8 assists and finishing +1 with no penalties. He played in two of five games during the Bruins’ first-round series with Hartford and had an even plus/minus with no points and 4 penalty minutes.
2015-16: Phillips played 39 games for Bruins’ AHL affiliate Providence — one of four teams he played for in his fourth pro season. In March 2016 he was dealt by the Bruins to the St. Louis Blues — skating in nine games with the Chicago Wolves and finishing the year in the ECHL with Kalamazoo. Phillips scored 5 goals with 9 assists and was -14 with 8 penalty minutes in 39 games with Providence. He played nine games with the Wolves and had an even plus/minus with no points with 6 penalty minutes. Phillips played five ECHL games with the Atlanta Gladiators in February prior to the trade and was -5, scoring 1 goal with 1 assist. He scored 1 goal with 1 asset and was +@ with 2 penalty minutes in two regular season games with Kalamazoo and scored 2 goals with 1 assist in a 5-3 win over South Carolina — the Wings’ only win in the five-game series and Phillips only points in the playoffs.
Phillips is a cerebral offensive forward and primarily a playmaker. He was a goal scorer at the junior level, displaying great on ice vision and loads of hockey sense with the ability to anticipate the play. Playing against better skating and more skilled players at the pro level he has not had that same offensive success. He is only average-sized and is not particularly physical and his mobility is a liability at times — limiting his ability to play a defensive, checking role.
Phillips was dealt by the Boston Bruins to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for future considerations late in the 2015-16 season — joining his third different NHL organization in four pro seasons. A first-round pick by the Wild in the 2011 NHL Draft, Phillips has never come close to putting up big numbers in pro hockey the way he did playing alongside Jonathan Huberdeau in juniors in Saint John. It is not likely that he will be re-signed by the Blues and Phillips is probably headed elsewhere in 2016-17.