Editor's note: This blog written by Felix Levesque, who is best known for being the world's best Youtuber. Seriously, he has hockey plays uploaded faster than the team itself. A native of Quebec, Felix is able to watch the QMJHL and other Canadian coverage which those in the State of Hockey are unable so he has been nice enough to write a quick blurb on 2011 Wild first round pick Zack Phillips' play in the 2011 Subway Super Series.
As always, First Round Bust has an open-pulpit policy.
(Photo from zimbio.com)
Tonight was the first chapter of the 2011 Subway Super Series in Victoriaville, Quebec.
Minnesota Wild prospect Zack Phillips is playing with the QMJHL team. He played tonight and will play on Wednesday night in Quebec City.
Phillips had a good first period despite the face-off he lost leading to the eventual game winning goal for team Russia at the end of the period. Around the middle of the period, he shot the puck from an impossible angle and hit the post before hitting the Russian goaltender. Phillips didn't have any options on that play so that was the right decision. Also, he had good positioning especially during the power plays.
In the second period, Phillips had some good chances. In fact, he had a lot of chances during the game in general. Zack was on the ice when Team Russia scored their second goal of the game though.
In the the third period, he had a couple of good shifts and he made a nice hit on a Russian player. He played more physical in that period.
Zack Phillips finished the night with 0 point, 5 shots on goal and -2. Overall, he created chances most of the time he was on the ice. He was probably one of the most notable players for the QMJHL team tonight. I liked his skating and I thought it was better than the last time I saw him play last season in Quebec City. However, he definitely needs to work his face-offs and it's not only because of the first goal of the game.
Finally, another prospect who played 9 games with the Wild this season, Brett Bulmer, will also play in this series with the WHL team. He will only play one game though.
Thanks for reading my first FRB article. Hope you enjoyed it!