The Wild added considerable depth again this year, trading for a second pick in the first round as well as former first-rounder Charlie Coyle. The team also turned to United States high schools for three of its picks. The Wild displayed a good degree of confidence again at this draft, trading up for a hometown fan.
Jonas Brodin, D – Färjestad (SEL)
The Wild used its first round pick on Swedish defenseman Jonas Brodin. For the most part, draft watchers tend to favor eye-popping point totals first, and NHL frames second, of which Brodin brings neither. Brodin does however appear to be a master at the art of mistake-free, positionally astute defense.
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.
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.
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.
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.