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Staff Grades: Chicago Blackhawks 2020 NHL Draft Selections

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Isaak Phillips
Isaak Phillips (Photo by Chris Tanouye/Getty Images) /

Isaak Phillips (5th Round Pick)

Justin Klawans:

Another strong two-way d man, but his development is still a question mark. He may take a while to pan out but could be solid if he does. (Grade B+)

Dylan Terry:

Phillips spent this past season playing for the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League, where he contributed 9 goals and 27 assists in 63 games. He is a very athletic defenseman and has another two-way build.

He does need to use his big frame more, and he has time to improve on that. Overall, Phillips seems like a nice pick for the Blackhawks in the 5th round if he is able to add a physical side to his game. (Grade: B)

Jake Wheeler:

This pick was another value pick. Phillips put up 26 points in 63 games this past season for the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL. I think he projects as a top AHL defenseman or a fringe NHLer. (Grade C)

Seth Stauffer:

Phillips has worked himself up through AAA, and into the OHL. He has also played for Team Jamaica, and now he’ll have a chance to play for the Chicago Blackhawks. He’s a big defenseman, and that’s something the Blackhawks don’t have enough of at the moment.

Jimmy Lynch:

Phillips is another defenseman that now will have an opportunity to work with the teams coaching staff in Rockford. Honestly, I would like to see the Blackhawks organization put an emphasis on their coaching staff in Rockford now. Adding these prospects means nothing if Bowman and company can’t elevate their game to the next level. Instead of just trading them away eventually or them becoming full-time AHLers. (Grade C)

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