Phillip Danault
Phillip Danault
25-Year-Old CenterC
Montreal Canadiens
Injury Personal
Est. Return 2/19/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $9.25 million contract with the Canadiens in July of 2018.
Absent from practice
CMontreal Canadiens
February 19, 2019
Danault missed Tuesday's morning skate for personal reasons, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
The first-line center seems to be dealing with a family matter, and there is no word if his absence will extend into Tuesday's game. Danault has been great for the Canadians, racking up 40 points in 59 games this campaign, so he will sorely be missed if he can't go.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Matches career mark in 55 games
CMontreal Canadiens
February 7, 2019
Danault had a goal and three assists in Thursday's 5-2 win over Winnipeg.
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Starts scoring streak
CMontreal Canadiens
February 6, 2019
Danault scored a goal on three shots and finished plus-3 in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Ducks. He added a hit and a blocked shot in a forward-high 17:24 of ice time.
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Scoring at better rate
CMontreal Canadiens
February 3, 2019
Danault scored a goal on his lone shot in Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Devils.
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Streak reaches four
CMontreal Canadiens
January 19, 2019
Danault had an assist and three shots on goal in Friday's 4-1 win over Columbus.
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Heating up on new line
CMontreal Canadiens
January 16, 2019
Danault scored the game-winner in Tuesday's 5-1 win over Florida. He added a blocked shot and a hit while winning 17 of 26 faceoffs in the win.
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