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09-15-2012, 08:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Beville View Post
Yeah, yeah I know all that...

But why didn't he stay in America?
Philips was a undrafted non-roster player. While being among the top young d prospects in the EIHL, the hurdles for an nrp to stick in NA is large. The way I see it, he could be one among many here in the ECHL which is one step below the AHL or probably be one of the better dmen in the English league. Not many undrafted players make it to the show especially these days. Happens on occasion but its rare. With scouting being much more advanced than say 10 years ago, the team has to be really bad and with a poor scouting staff or theres a huge hole in the prospect pipeline which was the case with Philips. Good enough for the ECHL and maybe the AHL but wouldnt challenge for a roster spot on the Hawks.

Hope hes doing well in the EIHL and hope the league develops more players to challenge NA and Euro prospects.

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