Zack Phillips
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Zack Phillips


Fredericton New Brunswick

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Trade with Boston, 2016


181 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D


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.

Talent Analysis

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. At the same time he is only average-sized and not particularly physical and his mobility is a liability at times — which limits 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.

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After five years on the job general manager Chuck Fletcher has made his mark on the Minnesota Wild, swiftly rebuilding a franchise that had lost its way. He has assembled a promising young core of Mikael Granlund, Jonas Brodin, Nino Niederreiter, Charlie Coyle, Jared Spurgeon, Erik Haula, Darcy Kuemper, Matt Dumba, and Christian Folin. With a strong group of veterans brought in via trade and free agency to supplement the few holdovers from the prior administrative regime, this leaves very little room for true prospects at the moment.

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Dumba retains top spot in Minnesota Wild Fall 2014 Top 20

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Phillips, Grigorenko, Will named QMJHL Players of the Month

by League Press Release

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League today announced the TELUS three stars of the month for November.

The first star is awarded to Zack Phillips. In thirteen games, the Saint John Sea Dogs forward tallied 5 goals and 18 assists while posting a +13 rating. Phillips established a new team record by recording at least one point in 20 consecutive games. With a total of 48 points, he trails league-leader Zach O’Brien, by only four points. Phillips registered 16 of his 23 points during the Sea Dogs’ 8 road games. Phillips has been a key offensive producer in the absences of Stanislav Galiev and Jonathan Huberdeau.

The second star is awarded to Mikhail Grigorenko. The Quebec Remparts right-winger scored 10 goals and added 9 assists in 12 games. Moreover, he collected 2 points or more in 7 games this month while registering the game-winning goal in a big game versus the Saint John Sea Dogs a few days ago. Grigorenko went 4 consecutive games with at least one goal. The sniper is ranked third in the league in scoring with 22 goals.
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2011 prospects: Consistency biggest hurdle for Zack Phillips

by Kevin Forbes

At the age of 13, Zack Phillips left his home in New Brunswick to head south to Massachusetts in pursuit of his hockey dreams. Little did he know at the time, but the young man’s journey would soon go in a full circle and see him return home and turn many of those dreams into a reality.

Playing prep school hockey in Massachusetts, Phillips was thought to be on the road to join the NCAA and so it was no surprise that when the Lewiston MAINEiacs drafted him 34th overall in the second round of the QMJHL Entry Draft, he opted to not make the leap to junior hockey, but that situation changed the following season. Despite committing to the University of Massachusetts, Phillips’ rights in the QMJHL were dealt to the Saint John Sea Dogs over the summer of 2009.

Faced with the opportunity to not only return to his home province, but to also be a part of a team on the rise in Saint John, Phillips made the decision to jump to junior hockey and joined the Sea Dogs for the 2009-10 season.
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Zack Phillips Named CHL Player of the Week

by League Press Release

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that 2011 NHL Entry Draft prospect Zack Phillips of the Saint John Sea Dogs is the CHL Player of the Week for the first week of CHL playoff action ending March 27.  Phillips, who claims the award for the second time this season, scored four goals and four assists for eight points in two games.

Phillips has helped the Sea Dogs to a 2-0 series lead over the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in the opening round of the 2011 QMJHL Playoffs.  He was named the first star of Game one with four goals and an assist in a 10-0 win on Friday, and then picked up three assists in the Sea Dogs’ 7-1 win over the Screaming Eagles in Game two on Saturday.

Phillips, an 18-year-old from Fredericton, NB, finished seventh in QMJHL scoring during the regular season recording 38 goals and 57 assists for 95 points in 67 games.  Phillips was ranked 12th overall by NHL Central Scouting in their midterm rankings for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Christian Thomas of the Oshawa Generals was also considered for the award after scoring three goals and six assists for nine points in three games.  Brett Ferguson of the Red Deer Rebels had five points in two games scoring one goal and four assists.
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