I think I've only seen him play twice and it was last year.
Runner up for the rookie of the year; he would be nice to keep in Europe for a bit and let develop. Young goaltender, played in the SEL. Won Gold with Larsson and Brodin. He needs work but I think he could be the next good goaltender to come out of Sweden.
After Zack Phillips doubled his rookie season totals in his draft year last season, the constant question that was raised when it came to the Fredericton, New Brunswick native was "how much of the production was due to his own talent and how much was it due to the supporting cast in Saint John?" Finding chemistry with fellow draft eligible Jonathan Huberdeau (FLA), the duo helped pace the Sea Dogs to a Memorial Cup win and both players found themselves selected in the first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Phillips used the 2011-12 season to prove a lot of his doubters wrong. With many of Saint John's players missing significant time due to injury, Phillips showed that he could produce without playing alongside Huberdeau. In 60 games, Phillips posted 30 goals and 80 points to finish second on the team in scoring. Although this is a slight step down from his draft year production of 95 points, Phillips was a key part of Saint John's attack during the first half of the season when many of his teammates were out of the lineup. In fact, Phillips posted a 22 game point streak stretching from October to December, accumulating 41 points over that period of time.
Moving down to the second line with the addition of Charlie Coyle (MIN) for the second half of the season, Phillips has been equally dangerous in the post season. He currently ranks second in playoff scoring with eight goals and 29 points in 15 games.
Born late in the 1992 calendar year, Phillips is actually eligible to make the jump to pro hockey as early as next season. Already signed to an NHL entry-level-deal with the Minnesota Wild, he should start his professional career in the AHL. While he may never become a star player at the NHL level, Phillips has more than enough skill to contribute as a top six forward in a few years time.
we are going to keep gusty, i really don't see why we get rid of him, its not like there is more deserving contract spots. he will need some time in SEL and some time in AHL to adjust to the ice but i think he' is better then Kuempur. Also he can stay in Sweden he isn't going to log jam houston at all and i don't see GMCF getting rid of a guy who just had a huge year.
Last edited by forthewild: 05-10-2012 at 02:02 AM.
we are going to keep gusty, i really don't see why we get rid of him, its not like there is more deserving contract spots. he will need some time in SEL and some time in AHL to adjust to the ice but i think he' is better then Kuempur.
And some scouts were saying Kuemper is better than Hackett...
That I can't tell you but he's playing right now in the equivalent of the AHL.
Talent-wise the SEL (and possibly Allsvenskan as well) is better than the AHL. However, the AHL is a much higher scoring, and more offensive league. It's hard to compare goalies across the two because of just how different the scenario is.
I don't want to downlplay Gustafsson's accomplishments (namely because I haven't really seen him play, and am not much of a judge of goaltending prospects anyway) but his stats this year are almost identical to the other guy in net for Lulea. That guy's previous seasons' stats don't look too pretty. I'd be hesitant to read too much into Gustafsson's play until we see how he makes the transition to North America.