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Fantasy Summary

A long-term project, Phillips might one day become an important contributor to Pittsburgh’s offense.


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May 2020 – After transferring to Penn State from the University of Minnesota, the left-handed defenseman had an average first season with the Nittany Lions. In 27 games, he scored two goals and added seven assists for nine total points. While he may not have produced well offensively, he did play an important role on the defense for Penn State. Clare McManus

April 2019 – Focusing on defense as a sophomore, the skilled blueliner registered just one goal and nine assists in 34 games as a Golden Gopher. His development must have benefited, though, from the stability of playing for just one squad. A year earlier, he skated for the Fargo Force and Muskegon Lumberjacks of the USHL before getting into 11 games for the U of Minnesota. His junior collegiate campaign should indicate a lot about his hockey future. Mark Allan

March 2019 – After notching a goal and seven assists in the opening 12 games of his first full season with the U of Minnesota, Phillips hit a wall. Adding just two assists in the ensuing 21 outings and posting a minus-12 rating is not what Pittsburgh had in mind when it drafted him in the third round. However, he’s only 19. Mark Allan

December 2018 – After just 12 games to start the U of Minnesota’s NCAA season, Phillips has eight more points than he had in a scoreless 11-game stint for the Golden Gophers last season. A goal and