Weight: 200 Pounds
Date of birth: March 21, 1999
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
OHL Draft: Round 1, 9th overall, 2015 Priority Selection
Owen Sound Attack defenceman Markus Phillips played his midget hockey with the Toronto Titans, where he captained the team and notched four goals and 17 assists in 24 games from the blueline. Before joining the Attack a season ago where he had 3 goals and 9 assists in 63 games, Phillips has virtually played for a winner everywhere he’s played.
Phillips is an Ontario Hockey Federation AAA champions – and all-star, he won a Kraft Cup championship with the Titans, he’s an OHL Gold Cup champion, he was a member of team OHL at the CIBC Canada-Russia series. His superb leadership qualities helped along the way.
In August 2016, Phillips participated in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial and his leadership qualities didn’t go unnoticed as he was named Captain of the squad. But Canada finished a disappointing fifth in a tournament they’ve dominated. He again Captained team Canada-Red at the World Hockey Challenge Under-17, losing out to Sweden in the Bronze Medal Game after going undefeated in the preliminary round.
Finally, Phillips was the youngest defenceman for Team Canada at the World Hockey Championships Under-18 in 2016 which had the likes of Dante Fabbro, Jakob Chychrun, Logan Stanley and Nicolas Hague on the roster. Canada would be denied a medal losing the Bronze Medal game to the United States.
Phillips took part in the Sherwin Williams NHL/CHL Top Prospects game and while it wasn’t a spectacular performance, it was a solid performance.
Phillips is a stocky two-way defenceman with a solid build who can make a mark at both ends of the ice. He is considered an offensive defenceman in many circles, but you can’t take away from his defensive game. His strength in the d-zone comes from excellent positioning. He is a strong skater who is hard to beat one-on-one. While not overly big, he’s strong and holds his own in battles along the walls and while protecting the front of his goal.
Phillips likes to jump up on the rush, and while a season ago he was making ill-advised decisions doing so, he has greatly improved in that area. He’s making smarter first passes and he can lug the puck with speed and does an excellent job at protecting it. Once in the zone he has very good vision and is an excellent passer, and when you combine those assets, he’s very good at setting up teammates. Simply put, he creates scoring chances.
Phillips currently has 10 goals and 18 assists in 49 games and is a plus-25. His 28 points place him 4th among draft eligible defencemen in points while his 10 goals place him third.
Phillips was ranked 62nd on NHL Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings in January for the 2017 NHL Draft.
This is the profile page of Markus Phillips at http://www.eliteprospects.com