Phillip Danault
Phillip Danault
28-Year-Old CenterC
Los Angeles Kings
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Advanced analytics love Danault and those guys get paid these days, as evidenced by the six-year, $33 million deal he signed with the Kings this past summer. Danault's offensive play was steady during his five-plus seasons with Montreal, but he is best known for his elite defensive play in addition to his ability to dominate in the faceoff circle. Danault has never posted more than 13 goals or 53 points in any single campaign. The key for Danult in terms of unlocking additional fantasy production is an increased role on the power play. He saw just 19 seconds per game with the man advantage with the Habs a season ago and it's nearly impossible to put up meaningful numbers with that meager power-play ice time. There's 20-goal, 50-point upside here, but that's likely about it. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a six-year, $33 million contract with the Kings in July of 2021.
Reaches long-term deal in L.A.
CLos Angeles Kings
July 28, 2021
Danault signed a six-year, $33 million contract with the Kings on Wednesday.
ANALYSIS
One of the bigger names available in free agency, Danault appears set for a long-term commitment with the Kings. The 28-year-old center should slot into a middle-six role with his new team. He produced just 24 points in 53 regular-season contests and another four points in 22 outings during the playoffs with the Canadiens last year. Danault's main appeal comes from his steady faceoff work and defensive effort, which should provide some two-way stability down the Kings' lineup. He'll have some appeal in deeper fantasy formats, as he had 100 points across 152 games in the two seasons before his offense dipped last year.
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2020–21 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    16:52
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:19
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    2:17
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2018–19
17:47
0:29
2:30
2019–20
18:51
1:34
2:31
2020–21
16:52
0:19
2:17
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Danault cemented himself as one of the league's best two-way centers in 2019-20, finishing top 10 in Selke voting for a second straight season. His 47-point performance represented the third time in four seasons he's scored at least 40 points, and his 728 faceoff wins ranked sixth in the league. Danault is much more valuable in fantasy leagues that count peripherals for that reason; no other part of his game, especially scoring, is considered elite. He will be the Habs' first option for defensive matchups, but on offense, Danault will likely take a back seat to Nick Suzuki or Jesperi Kotkaniemi, even though Danault's line with Tomas Tatar and Brendan Gallagher was considered one of the league's best at generating scoring chances last season. Danault's point totals will improve if his wingers can improve as finishers, but he's not known for his offense.
Danault established new career highs in assists (41) and points (53) last season, easily bettering the 27 and 40 he set in 2017-18. The 26-year-old was also able to show off his defensive chops, finishing seventh in the Selke Trophy voting. Danault's role as Montreal's clear-cut, top-line center has made a big impact on his fantasy value, but he still has a way to go as a scoring threat, as much of his value is currently tied up in assists. The Victoriaville native only took 132 shots in 2018-19, ranking 11th overall for the Habs -- fewer than two defensemen (Shea Weber, Jeff Petry), and two forwards (Andrew Shaw, Joel Armia) who missed time due to injury. His slick work at the circle (55.5 percent) was, however, tops among the team's forwards. Danault is expected to stick as the top-line center until prospects Nick Suzuki and/or Ryan Poehling are ready for such a high-profile role, so fantasy owners can count on him notching double-digit goals while eclipsing the 50-point mark for a second straight season in 2019-20.
Danault avoided salary arbitration by inking a three-year, $9.25 million deal to return to Montreal. He appears set to center the top line, as he did for parts of the 2017-18 season when he meshed with Max Pacioretty. Head coach Claude Julien moved Danault off the top line last year, wanting to see Jonathan Drouin develop as the No. 1 center -- the coach is still waiting. Julien shuffled his lines and Danault wound up with Pacioretty at times but the lines were in a blender all season. Danault was limited to 25 points in 52 games after a concussion sidelined him in January, followed by neck stiffness and headaches. Reports indicate Danault is feeling good heading into 2018-19, having adopted a pilates regimen and is expected to be ready for the start of camp.
Nothing about Danault’s first stint with Montreal in 2015-16 suggested he could be anything more than a useful bottom-six forward that could win faceoffs.That’s where he began last season before replacing top-line forward Alex Galchenyuk, who suffered a knee injury early in December. Danault meshed well with Max Pacioretty and Alexander Radulov, netting 40 points in a full 82-game season. But we're not talking about a high-end offensive talent, as Danault ranked 10th among Montreal forwards with 37 seconds of power-play ice time per game. Claude Julien will be leading the team during his first training camp as Montreal’s head coach, so there’s uncertainty for many players beyond the team’s elite stars. If Julien opts to use Alex Galchenyuk at wing, Danault could revive his role on the top line and be a useful fantasy piece by way of osmosis, skating with Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher.
Danault is targeted for his first full season at Rockford of the AHL. He spent all of last season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, but the Hawks have some hope for him as he turns 21 this February. He ranked fourth in the QMJHL in assists with 62 last season, but will need substantial time in the AHL to see if his game can translate to the pros.
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Gets in goal column
CMontreal Canadiens
July 2, 2021
Danault scored a goal on three shots, logged five hits and went plus-2 in Friday's 6-3 loss to the Lightning in Game 3.
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Sets up series-clinching goal
CMontreal Canadiens
June 24, 2021
Danault registered an assist, three shots on goal and four hits in Thursday's 3-2 overtime win over the Golden Knights in Game 6.
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Picks up helper Sunday
CMontreal Canadiens
June 6, 2021
Danault recorded an assist and blocked two shots in Sunday's 5-1 win over the Jets in Game 3.
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Snags assist
CMontreal Canadiens
May 31, 2021
Danault produced an assist, three hits and two blocked shots in Monday's 3-1 win over the Maple Leafs in Game 7.
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All clear Thursday
CMontreal Canadiens
May 20, 2021
Danault (concussion) is expected to suit up in Thursday's Game 1 matchup versus Toronto, Kevin McGran of The Toronto Star reports.
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