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2011 NHL Draft Profile: Zack Phillips

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
Leading up to the 2011 draft, will be highlighting some of the top prospects to look out for. At number 3, the Panthers have a lot of players to choose from. What direction and who will they pick?

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#15 North American Skater
Saint John, QMJHL
Position: Center Shoots: Right
Height: 6'1" Weight: 178
Born: 10/28/92 Born In: Fredericton, NB
Zack Phillips had a stand out regular season for the Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL, recording 95 points in 67 games. His postseason has been filled with heroics, as Phillips had 16 points and two game winning goals through two rounds. His team leading 15 power play goals and third place league wide ranking of a plus-48, further speak to Phillips’ skill set.

Phillips left home at the age of 13 to attend Eaglebrook School in Deerfield, Massachusetts. Afterwards, he played hockey at Lawrence Academy, where he led his team in scoring and was selected to the All-New England team.  

Saint John Head Coach Gerard Gallant: "Zack has great vision and is strong on the puck. He's a solid center and has come a long way in a short time. He kind of reminds me of an Adam Oates-type of player … he's strong on the puck down low and in the corners and has nifty hands."
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NHL Team: Toronto Maple Leafs
NHL Player: Ryan Getzlaf
Shootout Move: "Deke Backhand"
Pump-Up Song: "Bring The Noise" by Public Enemy
Sport (Other Than Hockey): Fishing
Superhero: Spiderman

Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM
2010-11 Saint John QMJHL 65 16 28 44 31
2010-11 Saint John QMJHL 67 38 57 95 16

Phillips Makes Good Decisions On And Off The Ice
(06.06.11) Zack Phillips wanted no part of Canadian junior hockey. So at 14 years old, the scrawny 5-foot-2 center left his Fredericton, N.B., home for Massachusetts. He believed a few years in prep school would prepare him for NCAA hockey, which he felt would be a better path for his development.
"I wasn't mature enough for (junior) yet, I think," said Phillips, whose Saint John Sea Dogs captured their first MasterCard Memorial Cup championship against the host Mississauga St. Michael's Majors. "I thought college was going to be the better route for me because I was small and I had a couple more years before I could play college if I was in junior." 

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