Forward Brett Bulmer (photo from Zimbio)
Bulmer has played well since being sent down from the NHL club to Kelowna and has 15 points (6G - 9A) in ten games for the Rockets. The 2010 second round pick picked up his first career WHL hat trick Saturday night against the Victoria Royals and is making a good case.
As good as Brett Bulmer has been, Phillips has been even better on the junior level. The 2011 first round pick is on a 19 game scoring streak with Saint John and is doing it without 2011 third overall pick Jonathan Huberdeau. Zack currently has an astounding 46 points (16G - 30A) in 26 games and is improving on many of the deficiencies like skating which dropped him to 28th overall.
Neither prospect has a guarantee to make this year's 22 man Canadian squad. The defending Under-20 WJHC champs are constantly stacked with talent despite having the top `18 and 19 year-olds in the NHL and making the Canadian team is very hard (especially if you go the college route). In fact, a second team of Canadian players could hang in there with the best teams.
However, it is good to see two prospects which weren't on Hockey Canada's radar in September play their way into the selection camp. That says a lot about what kind of players Minnesota General Manager Chuck Fletcher has been drafting. As great as stats or rankings are, the best barometer for judging a prospect is their development from year-to-year and both Phillips and Bulmer (along with other Wild prospects) continue to improve upon weaknesses and strive to reach their peak.