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Zack Phillips, Minnesota Wild First Round Draft Pick, Signs With Team

The Minnesota Wild are having a pretty productive season on the ice, despite their recent losing streak, but the front office is also working at maintaining a solid team in the future. The team took another step toward that on Monday, too, as the team announced that they have signed first round pick Zack Phillips to a three-year entry-level contract.

The Wild don't anticipate him joining the big club anytime soon, though, as he'll continue to play in the minor leagues for at least the rest of this season.

Phillips will remain with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League where he has exploded offensively this season. Through just 31 games, he's racked up 52 points (18-34=52) and a +30 rating. He is on pace to surpass his eye-popping totals last year when he registered 38 goals and 57 assists in 67 games as Saint John took the prestigious Memorial Cup title. In 17 postseason games, he notched nine goals and 15 assists.

The Wild will likely now focus on signing fellow prospect Mikael Granlund.

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