Phillip Danault

Matt Donohue

2016-03-03

CHICAGO, IL â SEPTEMBER 15: Phillip Danault #24 of the Chicago Blackhawks poses for his official headshot for the 2011-2012 season on September 15, 2011 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images)*** Local Caption *** Phillip Danault

CHICAGO, IL â SEPTEMBER 15: Phillip Danault #24 of the Chicago Blackhawks poses for his official headshot for the 2011-2012 season on September 15, 2011 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images)*** Local Caption *** Phillip Danault

 

Phillip Danault, C/W

Shoots: L

Height: 6-0

Weight: 201

Born: 1993-02-24

Hometown: Victoriaville, QC

Drafted: 2011 by Chicago Blackhawks, 26th overall

 

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

March 2016 – Since being acquired from Chicago, Philip Danault has been a pleasant surprise for the Canadiens. He has been a fixture on the third line, showing off his great speed and hustle. The Habs are playing for 2016-17, and it looks as if Danault is winning his audition to be the new shutdown man in town. He and Paul Byron provide a ton of speed and defensive presence, but won't light up the scoresheet. Double-digit goals next year would be a very nice jump for the 23-year-old. Mike Barrett

February 2016 – The Blackhawks dealt Danault and a 2018 second-round draft pick two days before the NHL trade deadline to the Montreal Canadiens for forwards Dale Weise and Tomas Fleischmann. Danault has a goal and four assists this season in 30 games for Chicago, adding a goal and an assist in six games for the AHL's Rockford IceHogs. Mark Allan

January 2016 – After developing his game with Rockford for the last two seasons, it appears that the former first rounder from 2011 has finally found a home centering the Blackhawks' third line. After a delayed start to his season due to offseason shoulder surgery, he was summoned from the minors back in December to replace the injured Marcus Kruger. He has filled in admirably since then, averaging 13 minutes per night over his last 10 games, and even getting some time on the penalty kill. While the offensive numbers aren't there just yet for Danault, the important thing is that he has gained the trust of Coach Quenneville with his defensive play and prowess in the faceoff circle. With Kruger out for the remainder of the regular season, expect Danault to remain in his role with the Blackhawks for the forseeable future. Matt Donohue

May 2015 – Danault finished the 2014-15 season with 13 goals and 38 points in 70 regular season games for the Rockford Ice Hogs. While he improved upon his rookie season numbers of a year ago, he faded badly down the stretch, notching just five points in 15 games to close out the season. Still, he was able to turn it around in the playoffs, scoring three goals and adding two assists in eight games and led the team with a plus-8 rating. Danault should get a shot to make an impact at the NHL level at some point next year, but he is expected to serve in a bottom-six role to start, so we may be waiting a couple years before he comes relevant in fantasy. Matt Donohue 

 

November 2014 – After putting up ten points in 14 games to start the 2014-15 season, Danault was called up to Chicago in light of a rash of injuries with the big club. He averaged9:30TOI in his two games with the Blackhawks before being sent back down to Rockford. The Blackhawks have already said that they hope he develops into a bottom six-type forward. While a checking role isn’t the best for Danault’s fantasy outlook, if it gets him on a fast track to regular ice time in the NHL, anything can happen. Keep an eye on him if he gets recalled again this season.Matt Donohue