Phillip Danault
Phillip Danault
25-Year-Old CenterC
Montreal Canadiens
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
Scores first goal
CMontreal Canadiens
October 21, 2018
Danault scored a goal and had five shots on net in Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Senators.
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Danault finished off a scoring chance, smartly set up by Paul Byron and Artturi Lehkonen, to pot his first goal of the season. It was encouraging to see Danault fire off five shots -- he tied for the team lead Saturday -- but he entered the game with just six shots over six games.
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2018–19 Depth Chart Status
#1 Center
MON C PP Depth Chart
2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    16:33
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:05
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    2:36
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
15:35
0:37
1:07
2017–18
16:35
1:01
1:51
2018–19
16:33
0:05
2:36
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2013
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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Rebounds at dot Saturday
CMontreal Canadiens
October 14, 2018
Danault registered an assist, one shot on goal, one hit and won 15 of 25 faceoffs in Saturday's shootout win over the Penguins.
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Picks up assist
CMontreal Canadiens
October 6, 2018
Danault notched an assist in Saturday's 5-1 win over Pittsburgh.
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Shines on top line Thursday
CMontreal Canadiens
September 21, 2018
Danault had two assists and was plus-2 in Thursday's preseason win over the Capitals.
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Adds Pilates to offseason training plan
CMontreal Canadiens
August 11, 2018
Danault has introduced a Pilates training regimen in an ongoing effort to strengthen his core and preserve a healthy mind.
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Lands three-year deal in Montreal
CMontreal Canadiens
July 15, 2018
Danault signed a three-year, $9.25 million contract with the Canadiens on Sunday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
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