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Dillon Dube and Matthew Phillips named to Team WHL

Two Calgary Flames prospects will represent the Western Hockey League in the annual Canada-Russia Series in November.

Forwards Dillon Dube and Matthew Phillips – both 2016 draft picks – will suit up for the WHL on Nov. 6 in Moose Jaw and Nov. 7 in Swift Current. The event is part of Hockey Canada’s selection process for the World Junior Championship tournament.

Phillips, 19, was the Flames’ sixth round pick in 2016 – taken with the pick they received in the David Jones/Niklas Backstrom swap. He was one of the WHL’s top offensive players last season, with 50 goals and 90 points in 70 games, and he’s already off to a hellacious start with 24 points in 10 games. He’s third in the WHL in scoring. He’s not a big kid, so he’s probably still a long shot to make Team Canada, but his offensive prowess will at the very least get him a long look during the selection process.

Dube, 19, was the Flames’ second round pick in 2016 – taken two picks after they selected goaltender Tyler Parsons. Dube was simply superb in training camp last month and has continued his strong play since being returned to junior. He has 11 points in seven games for the Kelowna Rockets, placing him tied for second in team scoring (despite playing two fewer games than the rest of his team). He had 55 points in 40 games last season and was a key part of Team Canada’s silver medal win at the World Juniors.

For those of you keeping track, the 2016 Flames draft class includes full-time NHLer Matthew Tkachuk, two very strong WHLers in Dube and Phillips, a strong goalie prospect in Parsons and an NCAA All-Star in Adam Fox.

  • Ludis Fanaticus

    Matthew Phillips lack of size has certainly been well documented. However, seeing him live, it really doesn’t seem like a detriment.
    Sure he is not going to win too many puck battles along the boards – although he didn’t lose them all – but he more than makes up for it with skill and hockey IQ.

    The game has changed thanks to the enforcement of a lot of obstruction penalties.
    I think Team Canada will take a hard look, when the time comes.

  • BringtheFire 2.0

    Sweet!! Totally unsurprised. Well done fellas (and scouts!)

    On another note, someone left this comment over at ON:

    “Titanic sails tonight and a Hurricane awaits.”

    • dontcryWOLF

      If you can get even one NHLer out of a draft you did good…and that has been achieved already. It will be interesting to see what these other picks can do. That draft, and I say this with a healthy awareness that talented prospects fail to succeed in the NHL every year, but I could see all of those guys being core pieces for the flames in 3 years.

      • Carl the tooth

        We need to get theo and iggy signed up as flames scouts/player relations and get then a couple sticks and get these “#%$&erss !! On the Ice …….. bring back Stephan Yelle !!

      • Nick24

        I know, it seems obvious. But Team Canada left Mangiapane off the roster, And then a few years ago when Connor Brown scored 130 points or whatever, he was left off the roster. So, it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility Phillips gets over looked.

  • Jumping Jack Flash

    Two completely different players…Dube bottom 6 tenacious checker while Phillips top 6 with elite talent. Both will bring added value to the Flames when the make it.

  • Jumping Jack Flash

    Carolina looks like they are going to have one of the best defences in the league. That Slavin kid played McD off the rush better than any defender I have seen. Watching Stall reminds me of the type of player I think Janko is going to be.

  • Carl the tooth

    Shhhhhhhh!!!! Beee quiet I got to say this silent lolol ohhhh noooooo Soilers list agaaaaaain lololo jk 12 mill dolla golf player…. “The McGolfSeason EFFECT!!!! Lolol sorry not sorry