Phillip Danault
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Phillip Danault

Hometown:

Victoriaville Quebec

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1993-02-24

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

First round (26th overall), 2011

Weight:

170 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2008-09: Phillip Danault was chosen in the first round, 9th overall, of the 2009 QMJHL Entry Draft by the Victoriaville Tigres.

2009-10: In his QMJHL rookie season, Danault played in 61 games for the Tigres. He scored 10 goals and added 18 assists for 28 points. In 16 playoff games, Danault picked up 1 assist. Danault played for Team Quebec at the 2010 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, picking up 3 assists in 5 games.

2010-11: In 64 games for the Tigres, Danault scored 23 goals and added 44 assists for 67 points. In 9 playoff games for the Tigres, Danault scored 5 goals and added 10 assists for 15 points. Danault played for Team Cherry at the 2011 CHL Home Hardware Top Prospects Game.

2011-12: Danault made his pro hockey debut – appearing in seven games for AHL Rockford – after skating in 62 games for Victoriaville in his third season in the QMJHL. Danault had 2 assists and was minus-five with 10 penalty minutes in his end of the year stint with the Ice Hogs (Rockford did not make the AHL playoffs). He scored 18 goals and was second on the Tigres with 53 assists while finishing plus-11 with 61 penalty minutes in QMJHL play. Victoriaville finished second in the East Division behind eventual Memorial Cup champion Shawinigan but was swept in a first round playoff series with Baie-Comeau. Danault had 3 assists and was minus-one with 4 penalty minutes in four playoff games.

2012-13: Danault again joined AHL Rockford following the QMJHL season — finishing the year with Moncton after a blockbuster mid-season trade from Victoriaville. He also skated for Canada’s U20 team at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia. Danault had no points and was -1 with 2 penalty minutes in five games for the IceHogs. In his third season as Victoriaville’s captain, he scored 14 goals with 30 assists in 29 games with the Tigres before the January trade to Moncton. Danault scored 9 goals with 32 assists and was +17 with 22 penalty minutes in 27 games for the Wildcats. Moncton finished second in the Maritimes division but was beaten by the Tigres in a first round playoff series. Danault scored 1 goal with 3 assists in four playoff games – missing Game 5 due to a suspension. In six games at the WJC he had 1 assist and was -2 with 2 penalty minutes. Canada lost to host Russia in the bronze medal game.

 

Talent Analysis

Named team captain as a 17-year-old, that fact alone speaks to the quality of character of Danault. A leader both on and off the ice, Danault's effort level can never by questioned. Whether it's scoring a goal, finishing a check, or killing a penalty, he plays an all-weather, two-way game. He has also developed into a dynamic skater capable of making plays at high speed on the rush. Though he might not be naturally skilled enough to be a scoring forward at the next level, his work ethic and skating ability should guarantee a future in the NHL.

 

Future

Danault will play his rookie pro season in 2013-14 and likely begin the year in Rockford. He may have an outside chance at a roster spot in Chicago in training camp, but there is no shortage of prospects with more professional experience that are also in that mix. Danault would benefit from being able to skate more minutes and in all situations for the IceHogs. He is a dynamic skater who never stops working, so it would not be a surprise at all to see Danault get an opportunity in the NHL at some point this season.

 

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