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.
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.
Danault could push for a roster spot in Chicago at training camp, but he is most likely destined for a final year of junior hockey in the QMJHL with Victoriaville for the 2012-13 season. He is not far off from playing a top-nine role at the NHL level.