Starting off the “Meet The Prospects” series with Luke Philp, a 26 year old forward from Canmore, Alberta who will likely start the season in the AHL with Rockford this season. In the last 3 seasons with the Stockton Heat, Philp has played 148 games. He scored 48 goals and added 44 assists for a total of 92 points in his time there.
After playing almost a full season with the Canmore Eagles of the AJHL where he scored 16 goals and added 30 assists for 46 points through 48 games, Philp went on to spend time in the WHL. In the 2011-12 seasons Philp scored 1 goal and added an assist in 17 games with the Kootenay Ice. Over the next 3 seasons, he would develop into a top six goal scorer. He finished his career in the WHL with 264 games played and 251 points, just under a point per game. In his final season in the WHL, Philp was traded from the Ice to the Red Deer Rebels as the Ice were planning a rebuild.
This off-season, the Blackhawks signed Luke Philp to a one year, $750k contract. He’ll likely become a top six forward with the Rockford Icehogs this season, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Blackhawks gave him his first taste of the NHL. He has the skills to make it and it will show, if he can keep a good pace in the minors, I wouldn’t be surprised if he got a few games in the NHL this season.
Philp is coming off of a 44 point season in the AHL with Stockton, and looks destined to improve. As a likely go to option, I wouldn’t be shocked if he successfully held a point per game pace all year. I’ll be watching this kid, he is a very solid player and a very underrated pickup by the Hawks. He’s a little shorter at 5’10, but that’s not stopping him from showcasing how good he actually is.