Introducing: Markus Phillips - LA Kings Insider

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Fourth Round, 118th overall: Markus Phillips
Position: Defense
Shoots: Left
DOB: 3/21/99
Height: 6’0
Weight: 202
Hometown: Markham, ON
NHL Central Scouting final ranking: 51 (North American skaters)
NHL Central Scouting midterm ranking: 50
Bob McKenzie’s final ranking: 62
Stats (OHL-Owen Sound): 63 GP, 3-9=12
Twitter: @MPhillips_18

On his skill set:
Yeah, a two-way defenseman. Somebody who can contribute offensively and then in the D-zone, too.

On whether he’s excited to meet Drew Doughty, whose game he appreciates:
Of course. Yeah, I model my game after him. Obviously he’s one of the best defenseman in the NHL, so it would be an honor to meet him.

On how he processes when to jump up into the play and when to hang back in the defensive zone:
I think it just depends on the situation. It depends on who you’re playing against and yeah, I think it just varies.

On what he’ll look to continue to work on at development camp and then back at Owen Sound:
I think to contribute offensively – continue doing that as well as keeping the puck out of our net as well. Shutting down the team’s top pair.

On the feeling of hearing his name called at the NHL Draft:
It’s speechless. I’ve been looking forward to this moment for a long time. It’s unbelievable.

On whether he’s ever been to L.A.:
No, I haven’t. I’m looking forward to it.

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