2010-11: Laurent Dauphin played for the College Esther-Blondin Phenix in Quebec midget AAA hockey. He scored 16 goals with 25 assists and had 29 penalty minutes in 41 games. In three playoff contests for the Phenix he had 1 assist. Dauphin was selected by Chicoutimi in the first round (17th overall) of the 2011 QMJHL Entry Draft.
2011-12: Dauphin returned to College Esther-Blondin for a second season as the Phenix captured the Quebec championship and advanced to the 2012 Telus Cup national midget championship game. He scored 18 goals with 45 assists in 41 regular season games and in 13 playoff games scored 12 goals with 14 assists. Dauphin scored 11 goals with 7 assists in seven Telus Cup games. The Phenix lost to Red Deer in double overtime of the championship game. Dauphin played for Canada Quebec in the 2012 U17 World Hockey Challenge and had 1 assist in five games.
2012-13: Dauphin was the fourth-leading scorer for Chicoutimi in his first QMJHL season and won a gold medal with Canada’s U18 team at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship. He scored 25 goals with 32 assists in 62 games and was an even plus/minus with 50 penalty minutes. The Sagueneens reached the playoffs; finishing fifth in the East Division. Dauphin scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was minus-one with 8 penalty minutes in the six-game series with Quebec. In seven games for Canada in Sochi he scored 4 goals with 2 assists and was plus-two with 6 penalty minutes. Dauphin was ranked 28th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Phoenix in the second round (39th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft.
2013-14: Dauphin attended his first training camp with the Coyotes before returning to Chicoutimi for his second QMJHL season. The Sagueneens’ leading scorer, he scored 24 goals with 30 assists and was -8 with 56 penalty minutes despite playing just 52 games; serving a six-game suspension for a hit from behind on Russia’s Igor Baldaev while playing for the QMJHL All-Stars in the Subway Super Series in November and suffering a season-ending shoulder injury in February. Chicoutimi finished fifth in the East Division and was swept by Rimouski in a first-round playoff series.
2014-15: Dauphin signed a three-year entry-level contract with Arizona in October 2014 and made his professional debut with the AHL’s Portland Pirates following his QMJHL season with Chicoutimi. He scored his first professional goal for his only point in four regular season games and skated in all five games in the Pirates’ playoff series with Manchester; finishing -1 with 2 assists. Dauphin captained the Sagueneens and led in all facets of the game. He had 75 points (31 goals) in 55 regular season games to lead the team in scoring, while the second-leading scorer had just 55 points. During the playoffs Dauphin added an additional eight points (five goals) in five games.
Dauphin is a jack-of-all-trades on the ice, combining hard work and a multifaceted game in an extremely versatile package. Though he may not have one particular skill that stands out above the rest, his best attribute may be simply the fact that he always keeps his feet moving. With good offensive vision and good hands in tight, Dauphin tallies a lot of his points by simply outworking the opposition. That same dedication and his smooth skating style also benefit him at the defensive side of the game. He'll be even better as he continues to fill out and polish his game.
Dauphin will begin his pro career in 2015-16 after a successful three-year junior career in Chicoutimi. serving as the team captain last season. Though he is still young enough to spend an overage season in the QMJHL, barring any surprises he will start the season with the Springfield Falcons in the AHL. Dauphin may need time to add the strength and bulk necessary to compete at the NHL level and get acclimated to the skill level and speed of the pro game. His play to his point suggests he projects to one day being a successful two-way forward who can play a variety of roles.