Morning news: on Ethan Phillips and Jonatan Berggren

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

  1. Hockeybuzz’s Bob Duff posted a notebook which discusses 2019 draft pick Ethan Phillips‘ decision to not join his hometown Halifax Mooseheads:

Even though he was immersed in the CHL culture – Phillips even attended the Mooseheads training camp one season – but he chose to take a completely different route.

He played prep hockey at Selects Academy at South Kent School in Connecticut and finished last season in the USHL with Sioux Falls.

Phillips will enroll at Boston University in the fall.

“It was definitely a tough decision,” Phillips admitted. “I know Cam Russell, the GM of Halifax, pretty well. I just figured for me in the end that college was going to be the best route for me. You never really know until it’s over. I tried to gather as much information as I could and it seemed like college was the better route for me to take.”

Duff continues, also discussing Filip Zadina and Alec Regula’s injuries…

2. And’s Dana Wakiji and Arthur J. Regner filed an article discussing Jonatan Berggren’s 2018-19 season. Red Wings director of player development Shawn Horcoff weighs in on Berggren’s status:

Quotable: “Jonatan is a real skilled player. He played 16 games at the start of the year and it didn’t go the way he would have liked it to. But having said that, he was injured the whole time. It wasn’t until a little while that they found out he had a back injury that eventually kept him out for the rest of the season. He’s a kid that brings good skill, he’s a good skater. But he’s another one, he’s just young, he’s had to learn about the physical side of the game. He’s maturing in terms of trying to figure out what he’s going to need to do in order to give himself the best chance of playing in the NHL. I’ve talked to him plenty of times during the summer. He has a good workout program, a good off-ice program set up for him in order to put that necessary strength on.


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One thought on “Morning news: on Ethan Phillips and Jonatan Berggren”

  1. Since both have high-end talent/potential, would be a shame if Svech & Berggren run out of opportunities to develop as future Wings, plus that might represent significant setback for our rebuild.
    Let’s all pray for their personal well being and hope they remain injury free for the Wings benefit.

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