Phillip Danault

Blackhawks Recall Phillip Danault

On Friday morning, the Blackhawks recalled forward Phillip Danault from Rockford.

Danault, 22, has one goal and one assist in six games with Rockford this season after returning from summer surgery. The move is intriguing on a couple levels. Marcus Kruger was limited on Thursday night, and the Blackhawks opted to bring up Danault rather than recalling Tanner Kero and/or Ryan Hartman.

He appeared in two games with Chicago last year.

12 thoughts on “Blackhawks Recall Phillip Danault

  1. Either Danault or Kero is the heir apparent to Kruger on this team. I have always been intrigued by Danault for his strong defensive ability at Center. Not sure if there is anything there offensively, but then again Kruger has been a black hole offensively for quite some time.

  2. I’m a big fan of Kruger, but honestly what he brought to the table should be replaceable at this stage. This is going to be Kruger’s last year in Chicago anyway given the challenges of the salary cap. So let’s see if Danault and/or Kero can be the heir apparent to the role. Lord know we have received virtually no offense generation from Kruger for quite some time. Danault may be able to eventually provide a little offensive spark. I love his defensive ability which I have to believe can translate to PK duty. But we need to be patient…he’s inexperienced at this level and coming back from a major injury all at the same time.

  3. Curious if anyone would trade for Johansen. He’s a headcase but the talent is there. Put him on a good team and that might be enough motivation for him. 4 million cap hit this year and next. Can’t have too many centers, and you would have the option to move him to wing. Hawks could use more right shots in the lineup.

  4. Mike, in the Q I believe he led the league in faceoffs won or was close and won the Guy Carboneau award for best defensive forward. Impressive at the dot considering he was listed as a left wing but was taking faceoffs for victoriaville. In his 2 NHL games he went 6 for 20

  5. Lock up your women and taxi drivers, Buffalo.
    Kane, the accused rapist and convicted assaulter is coming to town.

  6. I wouldn’t go by faceoff numbers from those games or his first so many games now. Once he works with the dot coach/experience hes going to get better. Remember Krugs wasn’t good his first yr and now look how good he is every yr. Hes as good as Tazer. Another thing about Danault, maybe not at first so he can get up to speed, but he will be doing the hitting not getting hit like 16 gets.

  7. Danault is a very Talented player with a unique style ….he is strong and good at the dot plus he plays a 2 way game ..very smart player …i like this guy very much and i have been following him in Victo for a few years ….the only thing here …is …his he ready after playing 3 weeks since he came back from a major Operation last summer
    Iff he is at his top shape after just 3 weeks in Rockford it means he was staying in good shape before he came back 3 weeks ago but the momentum of his game his probably not at his best but let see what he can bring to the Hawks …
    Iff he is playing his normal game …he will be a big gain to the Hawks ..his workethic is also really good….he love to play Hockey ,he listen to coach ,,,has a great attitude ,and wants to Win ….that what i saw from him after following him for 4-5 years in Quebec hockey league …now let see if he can contribute ….he will give 100% every shift and every night …thats for sure…he his a warrior .

  8. Ernie, yes, I’d trade for Johansen. He is a bit of a head case but that’s what Boston said about Seguin and look how that turned out. Word is Johansen and Totorella aren’t hitting it off. Not a big fan of Torts, so no surprise to me. Also, I always thought he might be a little pissed that Saad got the big payday. The kid has huge talent and would thrive on a team with the kind of veteran presence and composure that our group has. I’ll bet SB has pondered it, though in our current $$ situation chances are slim to none.

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