2011-12: Daniel Walcott played for New Trier High School in suburban Chicago. He was named to the AHIA all-state team after New Trier advanced to the semifinals of the Blackhawks Cup.
2012-13: Walcott played college hockey for American College Hockey Association Division 1 Lindenwood University in the St. Louis area. In 33 games he scored 4 goals with 9 assists and had 30 penalty minutes. The Lions, coached by former NHLer Rick Zombo, reached the ACHA championship game against Minot State, falling 9-5.
2013-14: Walcott, a Quebec native, attended Blainville-Boisbriand’s camp as a 19-year-old free agent and was one of the Armada’s top defensemen as a QMJHL rookie. In 67 regular season games he scored 10 goals with 29 assists and was +15; sharing the team lead in penalty minutes (71) with defenseman Aaron Hoyles and forward Ryan Tesink (STL). Walcott was ranked 160th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings prior to the 2014 NHL Draft.
2014-15: Walcott made his pro hockey debut with Rangers’ AHL affiliate Hartford in an April 19th game at Bridgeport following an overage season with Blainville-Boisbriand in the QMJHL. He was -1 with no points or penalties in his only game with the Wolfpack. Walcott scored 7 goals with 34 assists and was +20 with 40 penalty minutes in 54 QMJHL regular season games. The Armada finished first in the West Division before falling to Gatineau in a first-round playoff series. Walcott scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was -5 with 4 penalty minutes in six playoff games. Tampa Bay obtained Walcott from the Rangers in exchange for a seventh-round draft pick in the 2015 NHL Draft in June 2015.
Walcott was a rare 19-year-old rookie in the QMJHL when he stepped in to fill a big role in his first year of junior hockey. Despite his inexperience, he played a mature game with poise befitting his lack of experience at a high level. Contributing at both ends of the ice with a physical edge to his game, Walcott's puck-moving skills are top notch.
Walcott will attend his first training camp with Tampa Bay after being acquired in a June 2015 trade.