Zack Phillips
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Zack Phillips


Fredericton New Brunswick

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Trade with Minnesota, 2015


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. 

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 spent most of the 2014-15 season with Minnesota Wild AHL affiliate Iowa before being obtained by the Bruins in exchange for Jared Knight in March 2015. After putting up big numbers while skating alongside Jonathan Huberdeau in junior hockey Phillips is likely never going to be that type of scorer at the pro level. Now in his third pro season, to eventually reach the NHL he will likely have to play a two-way, lower line game. His limited mobility, lack of size and inconsistent game are obstacles to him playing that role.

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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Hudon, Phillips, Arseneau named OMJHL stars of the week

by League Press Release

BOUCHERVILLE, Monday, December 6, 2010 – Forwards Charles Hudon, Zack Phillips and Vincent Arseneau today were named the TELUS three stars of the week from November 29 to December 5.

Charles Hudon is the TELUS first star of the week. The Chicoutimi Saguenéens forward registered one goal and eight helpers for a total of nine points, while keeping a +8 rating in three games. He played a big part in the Sags’ three wins, earning first star honours twice and a second star once.

For a second week in a row, he shines amongst the stars! This week’s second star goes to Sea Dogs center Zach Phillips. The forward recorded two goals and seven assists for a total of nine points while posting a +1 rating in three Saint John wins.

Finally, Acadie-Bathurst Titan left-winger Vincent Arseneau is this week’s the third star. The forward scored five goals and added three helpers in three games. Moreover, he held a +6 rating. Even thought the team lost last Wednesday, the Titan got two wins by defeating the Rocket and the Olympiques on Friday and Sunday respectively.

Phillips, Hazen, Palat are named QMJHL three stars of the week

by League Press Release

BOUCHERVILLE, Monday, November 29th, 2010 – Forwards Zack Phillips, Jonathan Hazen and Ondrej Palat were named today the TELUS three stars of the week from November 22nd to November 28th, 2010.

Zack Phillips is the TELUS first star of the week. The Saint John Sea Dogs forward registered four goals and two helpers for a total of six points, while keeping a +3 rating in two games. He played a big part in both Sea Dogs wins this week, earning first star honours in each contest.

The second star goes to the Val-d’Or Foreurs right-winger Jonathan Hazen. The veteran recorded 3 goals and 2 assists for a total of 5 points while posting a +1 rating in two wins over the Baie-Comeau Drakkar. Furthermore, in a loss to the P.E.I. Rocket on Monday, he registered 2 helpers and was named the third star of the game. He collected seven points in three games last week.

Finally, Drummondville Voltigeurs left-winger Ondrej Palat is this week’s third star. The Czech forward scored four goals and added two helpers in two games. He was named first and third stars on Friday and Sunday respectively. On Friday night, the Drummondville Voltigeurs were playing their 1000th home game. They glided to a 5-3 win over the Victoriaville Tigres.

Zack Phillips Named CHL Player of the Week

by League Press Release

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that forward Zack Phillips of the Saint John Sea Dogs is the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending November 28.  Phillips scored four goals and added two assists for six points in two games with a plus-minus rating of plus-3.

Phillips led the Sea Dogs to two wins scoring the game-winner in both contests and was twice named first star of the game.  He had two goals and an assist on Friday night in a 6-3 win over the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, and then scored another two goals with an assist on Sunday in a 7-1 win over the Halifax Mooseheads to give the Sea Dogs nine wins in their past 10 games.

Phillips, an 18-year-old from Fredericton, NB, is playing in his second QMJHL season with the Sea Dogs.  He has 33 points in 26 games so far this season and is the 11th ranked QMJHL skater eligible for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft as determined by NHL Central Scouting’s Preliminary Rankings.

Also considered for the award this week was Linden Vey of the Medicine Hat Tigers and Greg McKegg of the Erie Otters.  Both Vey and McKegg recorded nine points in three games each with Vey scoring four goals and five assists, and McKegg scoring six goals and three assists. 
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