Phillip Danault
Phillip Danault
27-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.
Registers assist
CMontreal Canadiens
August 5, 2020
Danault posted an assist and five hits in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Penguins in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.
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Danault drew the secondary helper on Jeff Petry's game-winning goal in the third period. Through three games versus the Penguins, Danault has a pair of assists, 12 shots on net, 11 hits and six PIM. The 27-year-old center is seeing top-line usage and returning solid value in that role.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    18:51
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:34
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    2:31
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
16:35
1:01
1:51
2018–19
17:47
0:29
2:30
2019–20
18:51
1:34
2:31
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Emerging among centers
CMontreal Canadiens
March 28, 2020
Danault has 13 goals, 34 assists and is plus-18 while averaging 18:51 of ice time per game on Montreal's top line over 71 games in 2019-20.
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Two helpers Tuesday
CMontreal Canadiens
March 3, 2020
Danault notched two assists in Tuesday's 6-2 win over the Islanders.
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Snaps goal drought
CMontreal Canadiens
March 1, 2020
Danault had a goal and an assist in Saturday's 4-3 overtime win over Carolina. He added one shot, one blocked shot and a minor penalty.
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Logs assist in loss
CMontreal Canadiens
February 26, 2020
Danault had an assist, four shots and three hits in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime loss to Vancouver.
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Receives normal ice time
CMontreal Canadiens
February 13, 2020
Danault had two hits over 18:33 of ice time in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to Boston.
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