A day after Charlie Coyle did not sign a NHL contract with the Minnesota Wild and instead left Boston University for Saint John, his future Sea Dogs teammate Zack Phillips has signed with Minnesota.
Per Phillips' Twitter account (@zackphillips7):
just signed my first NHL contract! #minnesotawild
Minnesota Wild Prospect Zack Phillips (photo from Zimbio)
The 2011 first round selection (28th overall), chosen with the pick Minnesota received in the Brent Burns tade, had a 22 game point streak snapped last week. Before that was named the QMJHL first star of the month in November for his efforts.
Phillips' 51 points (17 goals and 34 assists) in 30 games lead the Sea Dogs despite playing on the same team as heralded prospects Jonathan Huberdeau, Nathan Beaulieu, Thomas Jurco and now Coyle. However, he did not make Canada's 2012 World Junior Hockey Championships roster as concerns about his skating and not standing out at the Canadian Selection Camp were too much.
With the signing of Zack Phillips, Minnesota has now signed both of their 2011 first round picks after Jonas Brodin signed an entry-level contract in July. It doesn't change much for Phillips because he will still play in Saint John. As a draft pick out of the CHL, Phillips is ineligible to play in the AHL and the Wild already sent him back before the season started. However, Zack's clock will start once he is in the Minnesota system.
The Minnesota Wild have not commented on Phillips' tweet and terms of the deal are undisclosed.
UPDATE (1:55 PM): The original tweet by Phillips has been deleted by him, although the deal still looks to go through at least going off of Michael Russo of the Star Tribune. Per his own tweet:
#mnwild would like @zackphillips7 to fax it back so they can file with league and announce HaUPDATE II (12/19 4:30 PM): After the whole mix-up, which Russo discussed in a blog tidbit on players and social media, he Wild organization announced today that they have officially signed Phillips to an entry-level contract. He gets the maximum a 2011 draft pick can get, which $832,500 in salary and a $92,500 signing bonus for 3 years.