Phillip Danault
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Phillip Danault


Victoriaville Quebec

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First round (26th overall), 2011


200 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C


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 minus-2 with 2 penalty minutes. Canada lost to host Russia in the bronze medal game.

2013-14: Danault skated in 72 of 76 regular season games for Chicago AHL affiliate Rockford in his first pro season. He scored 6 goals with 20 assists and was plus-11 with 40 penalty minutes. The IceHogs missed the AHL playoffs, finishing fourth in the Midwest Division.

2014-15: Danault made his NHL debut with the Blackhawks in a November 22nd game against Edmonton and played for Chicago the next night against Vancouver before returning to AHL affiliate Rockford. He was with the Blackhawks during their Stanley Cup championship run but did not appear in any playoff games. He had no points nor penalties, averaging 9:30 minutes of ice time in his two-game stint with Chicago. Danault was the fourth-leading scorer for Rockford in the AHL regular season and was one of three players to lead the IceHogs with three goals in the playoffs. He scored 13 goals with 25 assists and was +20 with 38 penalty minutes in 70 regular season games. Rockford finished second in the Midwest Division and reached the second round in the AHL playoffs. Danault scored 3 goals with 2 assists and was a team-best +8 with 20 penalty minutes in eight playoff games. 

Talent Analysis

Danault was drafted for his leadership ability and playmaking skills coming out of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Four years later assists are still a big part of his game but he has added nearly 30 pounds of muscle since being drafted and is now viewed as a two-way center who can play in all situations for the AHL's Rockford IceHogs. The second of two first round picks for Chicago int he 2011, he like fellow first-rounder Mark McNeill has been with the AHL's IceHogs for the bulk of his first two pro seasons. A strong skater and an active player in all three zones, he is not expected to be a big point producer in the NHL but his work ethic and compete level should earn him a shot at that level.


Danault is entering his third pro season with the Blackhawks organization in 2015-16 and will once again start the year with Chicago AHL affiliate Rockford. A former first-round pick, he has shown steady progress with the IceHogs and made his NHL debut in two November games with the Blackhawks last season. He appears close to being NHL-ready but the depth of the Stanley Cup champions' forward group has made it difficult to crack the NHL lineup. Danault does not project as naturally-skilled pure scorer at the NHL level but his two-way play suggests he will be productive as a second or third line center.

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