Phillip Danault
Phillip Danault
26-Year-Old CenterC
Montreal Canadiens
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $9.25 million contract with the Canadiens in July of 2018.
Top line delivers
CMontreal Canadiens
October 13, 2019
Danault scored a goal on two shots, had an assist and delivered three hits in Saturday's 6-3 win over St. Louis.
Montreal head coach Claude Julien hasn't been bashful this week about demanding more from his top line, and the trio -- Danault, Brendan Gallagher and Tomas Tatar -- responded with its best game thus far, accounting for three goals in the win. "We had a little video session just us three this morning," shared Danault. "We wanted to be better as a line to help the team. I think it helped tonight." The seventh-year center has four points (two goals, two assists) while being more engaged as a body checker, registering 10 hits through the first five games.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Scores first goal
CMontreal Canadiens
October 6, 2019
Danault scored a goal and had 1:49 of power-play ice time in Saturday's 6-5 shootout win over Toronto.
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Starts on power play
CMontreal Canadiens
October 3, 2019
Danault will be part of Montreal's power play to start the season, Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reports.
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Experiences success on power play
CMontreal Canadiens
September 22, 2019
Danault logged a goal and an assist on the power play in Saturday's 4-0 preseason win over Ottawa.
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Reappears in goal column
CMontreal Canadiens
March 26, 2019
Danault scored his 12th of the season Tuesday in a 6-1 win over the Panthers.
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Dishes helper in win
CMontreal Canadiens
March 5, 2019
Danault picked up an assist in a 3-1 win over the Kings on Tuesday.
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