Phillip Danault
Phillip Danault
27-Year-Old CenterC
Montreal Canadiens
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $9.25 million contract with the Canadiens in July of 2018.
Turned down mutli-year pact
CMontreal Canadiens
January 26, 2021
Danault declined a six-year, $30 million contract offered to him last fall, Mathias Brunett of La Presse reports.
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Neither the Canadiens nor Danault's agent have confirmed the story at this point. The center may have had leverage last fall, but Montreal's quick start, which has featured scoring depth and the emergence of Nick Suzuki and other young centers, turns the leverage back to the organization. Danault remains the team's top center and could remain there for the rest of the season, but he's never scored more than 13 goals. The 27-year-old may not be more than a defensively responsible pivot who can win faceoffs and help shut down opposing scorers. Will that be worth more than six years and $30 million on next year's open market? That's Danault's gamble.
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2020–21 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    16:21
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:19
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    3:18
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2018–19
17:47
0:29
2:30
2019–20
18:51
1:34
2:31
2020–21
16:21
0:19
3:18
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Garners assist
CMontreal Canadiens
January 20, 2021
Danault managed an assist and three hits in Wednesday's 6-5 shootout loss to the Canucks.
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Logs helpers in win
CMontreal Canadiens
January 17, 2021
Danault had two assists, one blocked shot and one hit over 16:14 of ice time in Saturday's 5-1 win over the Oilers.
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Faceoff master in Wednesday's loss
CMontreal Canadiens
January 14, 2021
Danault won 17 of 27 faceoffs (62.9 percent) and had one shot with two hits in Wednesday's 5-4 overtime loss to Toronto.
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Enters final year of deal
CMontreal Canadiens
January 1, 2021
Danault can become an unrestricted free agent following the 2020-21 season, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.
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Fills empty net
CMontreal Canadiens
August 19, 2020
Danault scored an empty-net goal and added four hits in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Flyers in Game 5.
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