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Draft Profile: Phillip Danault

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Phillip Danault (Via

 The Rangers currently have five defensemen under the age of 28 on their roster and two more top prospects on the way, so it’s very likely New York will be looking to add some offensive firepower with its first-round pick, No. 15 overall in the NHL Draft.

Between now and June 24th, we’ll take a look at some of the forwards that the Rangers might be thinking about taking on draft day.  Today, we look at…

Phillip Danault

HT: 6-0

WT: 178

Pos: LW

Shoots: L

Birthday: 2/24/93

Team: Victoriaville, QMJHL

2009-2010 stats: 10g, 18a, 61gp, 54PIM, +19

2010-2011 stats: 23g, 44a, 64gp, 59PIM, +17

2010-2011 playoffs: 5g, 10a, 9gp, 6PIM profile > 



The Hockey News: 31

CSS: 27 Midterm Rank: 23


TSN: 39 Midterm Rank: 47 

TSN (Craig Button): 16 

The Scouting Report: 48 Midterm Rank: 56 

Bruins 2011 Draft Watch: 46

Corey Pronman: 28 

ESPN: 30


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What They’re Saying:

THN – “Some scouts have compared Phillip Danault to 2010 third-rounder Michael Bournival, a fellow QMJHL player who was a late Canadian cut for the WJC.  Neither projects to be a top scorer, but they are lauded for their work ethic and character.  ‘Danault might have a little more skill than Bournival,’ a scout said, ‘but they’re the same type of player.  He plays hard both ways, but he also has enough skill that you notice him.’  Danault and top prospect Sean Couturier tied for second in the QMJHL with eight shorthanded points, which is a testament to his ability to excel at both ends of the ice.  A member of Canada’s gold-medal team at the Ivan Hlinka tournament, Danault plays an inspired game, but has to get stronger if he wants that style to translate to the NHL level.  ‘He’s a hard-working two-way player,’ another scout said.  ‘He’s very competitive, but he’s probably not going to be a big scorer at the next level.’”

The Scouting Report – “Danault has quietly become a player that has enamored TSR with his hard work and consistency throughout the course of the season with Victoriaville. Danault comes to play every shift and you will often find the puck near him as he seems to always be involved in the play. He played with some talented players in the regular season which may have inflated his numbers a bit, but Danault rested some of those concerns with some pretty solid play during the post-season. He seems to be a player that just does a lot of things well and certainly is worthy of being slotted in this range.” 

Bruins 2011 Draft Watch –“Le Petit Tigre- that was former NHL coach Michel Bergeron's nickname but it works for Danault, whose father is the team's PA announcer. Danault grew up around the team and has been a key player and captain. He's a small guy whose feet never stop moving and he never quits on the play. He's a good defensive center with an active stick who is tenacious on the forecheck and brings a lot of energy, hustle and character to the mix. He's not a high-end skill guy, but makes up for it with his effort. His size is what is keeping him from going higher, but we imagine that NHL teams will love his immeasurables more than what he brings to the table offensively. A classic more than the sum of his parts player, and with Danault we keep going back to the old scouting adage that says if a kid wants to be in the NHL badly enough, he'll probably get there.”

Corey Pronman - "My first time viewing Phillip Danault this season was during the Subway Super Series game where he had to leave to the dressing room because he got injured bursting towards the net and running into it with force. This describes Danault's game in a nutshell. He's an above-average skater with a good first few steps and a top speed that will make pro defenders respect him. Danault has solid vision and while I don't think his puck skills grade as above-average, he does make notable quick moves with the puck and is able to move the dish at a decent level. Danault got his goals this season by going to the net, and while he's exhibited a modest finishing ability, it's nothing really notable. His best asset is his intangibles as he's an absolute horse skating up and down the ice and whenever the puck enters an area that requires physical play he's getting his nose dirty. The physical game from an output standpoint though still has a ways to go, as his frame really lacks muscle and the tool is fringe at best. Danault has been used a lot on the penalty kill due to his work ethic and his notable hockey sense and defensive awareness."

Hockey’s Future – “Always consistent game in and game out during the regular season and was outstanding during the playoff for the Tigers. Danault plays a very active game - he is always involved in the play, and he won't go many shifts without catching your eye in some positive manner. Impressed ISS scouts by taking on a leadership role with the young talented squad! His growth and maturity as a hockey player have certainly been impressive this season.” – “The outward exuberance exhibited by Victoriaville Tigres center Phillip Danault is ridiculously infectious.  There's something downright genuine about Danault, who also happens to be from the city of Victoriaville. Maybe it's his broken English, or his perpetual smile.  Whatever it is, once Danault begins describing his game and how incredibly fortunate he is to be captain of the Tigres of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, nothing else really matters.  On the ice, he's known for possessing a tremendous drive, great playmaking ability and intelligence. It's a combination too good to ignore and likely won't be when the 2011 NHL Entry Draft is held June 24-25 in St. Paul, Minn.  ‘Personally, I think he's a late first-round guy, maybe top of the second round, but we'll see,’ NHL Central Scouting's Chris Bordeleau told” – “Already lauded for his work ethic and skill, Danault now has a trophy to back it up: The Victoriaville winger was recently given the Guy Carbonneau Trophy as the QMJHL’s best defensive forward. On top of that, his Tigres have a commanding 3-0 lead over Acadie-Bathurst in the playoffs.” – “I had heard a lot of good things about Danault even if he was trending down on Central Scouting's rankings (midterm list No. 23 among North American skaters, No. 27 on the final list). Based on my conversations with scouts, they would have kept him at the higher ranking and maybe given him a bit of a bounce up. As I've noted before, an assessment of Danault is a challenge for scouts because he has been a lead player on a very weak team -- he would have been in the middle of a lot of dog games. But when I've spoken to scouts, those who have seen him the most like him the most -- and scouting directors have adjusted travel plans to scope him out, based on their Q-league scouts' recommendations. That's to say, he seems like a bit more of a priority than a No. 27.  The dope from one Quebec-based scout who has seen him 10 times over the course of the season: ‘He's a pretty slight kid and you wonder how much he's going to grow. If he's 170 [pounds] now, you'd imagine that he'll get to 185 pretty easily, but not much more than that. If he were a little bigger, then you could see him breaking in as a third- or fourth-liner, but that's not what he has physically and it's really not his game either.  He's a skilled kid who has great hockey sense. He's more of a playmaker than a finisher but that's okay. He can go back and forth between [left] wing and center. I like him more as a center but that just shows how he has a good feel for the game. And he has great wheels. He is just a great-looking skater, like they try to teach kids. He should be able to play on skating alone but there's a lot more there. He made the best of a bad situation in Victo'.  What would he look like if he was in Saint John? He'd be higher up the list for sure. I know Central has Zach Phillips above Danault on their list but I like Danault over him.’”



Mock Drafts:

Adam Kimelman, – 23 

Mike Morreale, – 28 

Steven Hoffner, – N/A 

Deven Persaud, – N/A – N/A 

Gary Joyce, ESPN – 26 

Mark Seidel, CBC – N/A 

Hockey's Future - N/A

The Hockey News - N/A


Thoughts: Danault has all the intangibles NHL teams drool over, but his actual skill level may not match some the similarly ranked players in this year’s draft.  By all accounts his work ethic and character will drive him to the NHL, but he may top out as a role-playing forward rather than an offensive dynamo.  That’s certainly not a bad thing, especially if Danault drops to the second round, but the Rangers have many players very similar to him.

The Rangers haven’t taken a QMJHL player under Glen Sather and not at all since 1977.  Considering the concerns about Danault’s size, he doesn’t seem like a likely choice for New York, especially in the first round.

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Posted by Kevin Baumer | June 1, 2011 at 10:43 am

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