Matthew Phillips

Calgary Flames

Fantasy Summary

Has the speed and skill to be a Top-six NHL forward.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 8.0
NHL Certainty 5.5
Country CAN
Position C
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth April 6, 1998
Height 5‘7”
Weight 155 lbs
Drafted 2016 Round 6; Overall: 166

Observations

Jan 2018 – After going pointless in 8 games to begin the season, he now has 23 points in 23 games, including 10 points in his last four games. He is an offensive threat every night and has nothing to do with any sort of checking role. – Joel Henderson

Nov 2018 – Phillips had his multi-point game finally. He grabbed an assist from a defensive-zone breakout pass and added his first pro goal by forechecking hard and creating his own opportunities. His speed is noticeable every game. – Joel Henderson

Oct 2018 – Phillips has zero points in his first four AHL games in 2018-19. Thus far, he has had decent deployment when he’s been in the lineup (Appears to have been healthy scratched Games 2 and 6). I wouldn’t expect him to remain pointless for long but it is also not uncommon for smaller offensive players to take time gaining some confidence in their rookie pro season. While he certainty hasn’t appeared dominant in any aspect of the game, he’s done a lot of little things correct to create offensive scoring chances. He will spend the entirety of the year in the AHL and a breakout multi-point game will come soon. – Joel Henderson

Feb 2018 – After claiming WHL Rookie of the Year Nods, he increased his stock in 2016-17 by finishing 10th in league scoring. Phillips currently sits 5th in 20117-18. While Phillips was disappointed from not being chosen for the WJC team in Decemeber, it hasn’t affected the quality of his play. He uses his speed and creativity well; even gathering four shorthanded goals. Fantasy watchers will have to continue to be very patient despite his WHL success. Stay the course. – Joel Henderson

 

Oct 2017 – He set a new franchise record with points in 15 straight games for the Victoria Royals. He’s been absolutely tearing up the WHL (12-18-30 in 15 games) which is exactly what needs to happen. He has a real chance of making Team Canada for the World Juniors as well and if he can hang with the elite talent there, that’s when the fantasy bees might come a buzzin’. – Joel Henderson

 

Sept 2017 – He has the potential to lead the WHL in points in 2017-18. While that does not mean success at the next level, you may want to take a flyer on him now before others do it deep leagues, especially if your league is only a points league.  – Joel Henderson

 

Aug 2017: Matthew finished the season with a solid 50 goals and 90 points. He managed to create some buzz at the Team Canada World Junior Summer Showcase as well. He is certainly not going to make that team by being a fourth line checker. His status as a fantasy asset is similar to his siutation with Team Canada. If he can prove he can provide consistent offense at that level of play, he has every right to be there. As far as deep pools, he is worth grabbing if you have a lot of teams and a long wait, otherwise you might want to see how he fares once he turns pro. It goes without saying… but he doesn’t have a lot of multi-cat impact.  – Joel Henderson

 

The comparisons to fellow organizational tiny wizard (Gaudreau) are obvious and come often. Matthew Phillips had a tremendous 2015/16 season with Victoria, earning Rookie Of The Year honors for compiling 76 points in 72 games, which was good enough for fourth on the Royals. He heard his name called for Calgary in the sixth round as Craig Conroy has been noted to have advocated for his play. Smaller forwards will often be criticized and overlooked with the assumption that they will not be able to find success at the pro level. Here is an examination why he has a chance to do so.  

Matthew can gather quick speed by short powerful strides, often going skate over skate, curling in the neutral zone to enter with speed. He can create space, manuevering around defenders quickly on the outside by maintaining speed while shifting side to side. He also loves to sneak into the play on the rush by being the trailor of the play, finding his way into the high slot. Especially when the puck is in the corner, he loves to hang around that high slot and servey where the forecheck needs support. However, don’t count him out when he finds himself winning puck battles down low from a quick stick. Phillips loves to attack the net on the off wing and hang around there, stick on the ice, waiting for rebounds. His fearlessness of driving the net also allows him to get his on shot pucks, gathering some deflection goals.  

He is very patient with the puck on his stick, using his awareness of teammates to allow passing lanes to open up. The shiftiness of his skating draws attention all over the ice, freeing up teammates and causing chaos. He rarely drops his head; only to do some slick skate to stick magic trick. This allows him to be an effective playmaker. He also has a quality shot, which looks more like a slingshot than it does anything else.  

His development story will be similar to other smaller players. He needs to add muscle to his legs and core, adding power to his skating decisiveness. While he sees lanes open up, he can telegraph his passes from time to time, which is honestly just laziness from any player. This does not happen too often however.  

This player needs no rush. If and when he is ready, he will have all the offensive numbers to prove it. Consider him a high risk- high reward player, but there is clear optimism simply because while being 5’7 and 145lbs, he drives and hangs out around the net like a garbage goal goon. 


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 Calgary Bisons Bantam AAA AMBHL 31 18 8 26 4 | Playoffs 11 9 6 15
 2012-2013 Calgary Bisons Bantam AAA AMBHL 33 40 37 77 8 | Playoffs 5 4 4 8
  Team Calgary South Alberta Cup 5 6 2 8 2 |          
  CBHA Blackhawks Minor Midget AAA AMMHL 4 4 4 8 2 |          
  Calgary Bisons Bantam AAA John Reid Bantam 5 7 5 12 4 |          
 2013-2014 Team Alberta WCCC-16 4 2 0 2 0 |          
  Calgary Buffaloes Midget AAA AMHL 33 15 20 35 22 | Playoffs 8 3 2 5
 2014-2015 Calgary Buffaloes Midget AAA AMHL 34 33 40 73 30 | Playoffs 6 5 3 8
  Victoria Royals WHL 2 1 2 3 0 |          
 2015-2016 Victoria Royals WHL 72 37 39 76 16 | Playoffs 13 5 3 8
 2016-2017 Victoria Royals WHL 70 50 40 90 50 | Playoffs 6 1 2 3
  Stockton Heat AHL 1 0 1 1 0 | Playoffs 2 0 0 0
 2017-2018 Victoria Royals WHL 71 48 64 112 32 | Playoffs 11 6 13 19
  WHL All-Stars Canada/Russia Series 2 1 0 1 0 |          
 2018-2019 Stockton Heat AHL 56 11 19 30 2 |          

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