Clayton Phillips

by Mark Allan on October 22, 2017

 

Clayton Phillips, D

Shoots: L

Height: 5-10

Weight: 182

Born: 1999-09-09

Hometown: Edina, MIN, USA

Drafted: 3rd round 2017 93rd overall PIT

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

October 2017 – The young defender is off to a solid three-game start with a goal, two assists, 19 PIMs and minus-2 in his second campaign with the USHL’s Fargo Force. The native of Edina, Minn., is staying close to home after committing to the U of Minnesota starting next season. He’s on Pittsburgh’s long-term radar. Mark Allan

 

June 2017 – A self-described offensive defenseman who loves to jump into a rush, Phillips says he doesn’t want to neglect the other side of the puck. As a longtime fan of the Penguins, he models his play after Pittsburgh star Kris Letang. After seven goals, 20 points and plus-18 in 56 games with the Fargo Force of the USHL, Phillips has expressed a desire to follow Jake Guentzel’s path and stay close to home by attending the U of Minnesota.

Like virtually every teen player, Phillips needs to add muscle. By drafting a young player who plans to go the NCAA route, the Penguins have signaled they’re prepared to wait for him to mature. Mark Allan

 

Fantasy Outlook: C+

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

 

Footage:

Clayton Phillips pots his first USHL goal, and makes it look easy:

 

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