By Eldon MacDonald
44. Phillip Danault - “Le Petit Tigre” - LW - Canada
Vitals: Size - 6’0”, 178 lb.; Shoots left; Born: 24-Feb-93 - Victoriaville, QC
Team: Victoriaville, QMJHL
2010-11 Stats: 64-23-44-67-59-(+17) + QMJHL playoffs 9-5-10-15-6-(+4)
18 - Craig Button's Top 30 of 8-Jun-11
28 - Cory Pronman's Top 100
31 - The Hockey News per TSN
32 - NHL Central Scouting's Final Rankings (27th North American skater)
39 - Bob MacKenzie's June Poll of Scouts
39 - ISS per TSN
41 - hfboards Readers’ Poll
41 - Future Considerations Final Rankings
44 - E-Mac's 2011 NHL Entry Draft Top 120
44 - Christopher Ralph's Top 210
46 - Kirk Luedeke's Top 50
47 - Bob MacKenzie's January 2011 NHL Scouts Poll
48 - The Scouting Report's Top 100 Skaters
26 - Chicago Black Hawks
- Philip Danault is the poster boy of the franchise and a true Petit Tigre. Not only is he a home town kid, he is also the Captain at age17 and his father is the team’s public address announcer. Talk about local rink rat making good!!!
- There are some players who just have that compete level, that aura of energy around them and the passion for the game that just sets them apart and then there is Philip Danault. In a game against the Memorial Cup champions to be, Saint John Sea Dogs, this year, Philip suffered an injury to his jaw. It was so severe that it resulted in a few lost teeth and required surgery. Philip had the surgery and returned to the game.
- There are some players that coaches and scouts revere because of their exceptional work ethic and dedication to get better. Here is what Philip’s coach, Yannick Jean told NHL.com, “He'll bring work ethic, dedication and leadership. His passion for the game is unique because he's the most passionate kid I've ever coached. He plays with pride; he's not the type of kid who thinks he's better than the next guy, but he challenges himself to be as good if not better.”
- Philip Danault won The Guy-Carbonneau trophy for best defensive forward in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
- Philip Danault led his team to the second round of the playoffs and led the team in playoff scoring with 15 points in 9 games.
- Philip Danault won a gold medal on Team Canada at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.
The team that picks up Philip Danault, likely mid-second round, is going to be very happy they did. Check out the compilation video put up by NHLDraftVideo below: