Attack deal Phillips for six picks

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The Owen Sound Attack continued to sell off prized assets on Saturday by dealing defender Markus Phillips to the Guelph Storm for a package of six draft picks.


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The haul includes second-round picks in 2019 (PTBO), 2020 (MISS), and 2022. Third-round picks in 2021 (Erie) and 2024, and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2023.

It happens quickly this time of year. Dale DeGray said the move started to come together at 11:30 p.m. on Friday night as the Storm gear up for a playoff push while trying to make up for an injury ravaged roster.

“It’s part of what you have to do. Whether you want to do it or not, sometimes you have to do it,” said DeGray.

The trade essentially fills the gaps in the Attack’s draft-pick supply in the coming years, and keeps the Victor Mete trade trail alive.

“Think about that how many players and picks have come through with just that one single move,” said DeGray.

“You can’t get better without draft picks, and you can’t really do anything without them. For the next four years we had enough to move forward and maintain, but not enough to try and get better,” he said.

Markus Phillips returned from representing Team Canada at the World Junior Championship on Friday night and suited up in his final game as an Attack player against the Kitchener Rangers.

DeGray said the tournament highlighted the type of consistent and reliable defender Phillips has become over his four years in Owen Sound.

“A lot of kids can learn from that. He was a phenomenal minor hockey player. He could almost do what he wanted at will in minor,” said DeGray. “It’s different in major junior and the quicker you realize what you’re going to be, and what you should be to have success, the easier it is moving forward.”

The Owen Sound Attack selected Phillips in the first round of the 2015 OHL Priority Selection. He was selected in the fourth-round of the National Hockey League draft by the Los Angeles Kings.

It doesn’t sound like the Attack are done either.

“I hope it’s busy, we’ll see,” said DeGray. “Right now it’s way too busy, way too many phone calls to reflect on anything.”

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