Phillip Danault

Phillip Danault Out 4 Months

Danault, 22, was the 26th overall pick by the Blackhawks in the 2011 Draft. With Rockford, Danault had 13 goals and 25 assists in 70 games last season. He appeared in two games with the Hawks last year.

UPDATE: in the team’s official statement on Tuesday, it was noted that Danault is expected to miss four months, not three as Lazerus initially reported.

16 thoughts on “Phillip Danault Out 4 Months

  1. Probably to repair a labrum or whatever that is in the hip. Probably best not to count on him until the New Year. Yikes.

  2. I wonder why this late. If it didn’t happen training….so much for replacing Kruger with Danault if they had to.

  3. Right now there is so much uncertainty with the Hawks I didn’t see Danault starting the season on the parent club but it’s too bad for him he has always shown such a positive attitude.

  4. Danault is on the clock at this stage. This is his last year under contract, by no means does this mean the Hawks won’t resign him but once a player gets through their entry level deal the hope is the organization has an idea what kinda player they have. The Hawks have really pumped up this kid but his on ice contributions have been only so-so.

    Again I was hoping he would take the next step. Being out for 3 months is a real bummer, especially for a kid whose skating and speed is a big part of his game.

  5. This injury reminds me of Kyle Beach. Beach was going into his 2nd pro season. A make or break campaign. He started the season out quite well and I believe he won player of the week…then got in a fight with Stefan Della Rovere. Della Rovere didnt have his fight strap hooked up or something and received a match penalty. Beach dislocated his shoulder and fizzled out after. Did that injury cause the fizzle or something else.

  6. @ ERNIE

    Please do not say the name of the player that you discussed anymore. His name must never be spoken/typed again!

  7. re: Ernie – yeah… the big difference here is Danault has played an NHL game. We’re still waiting for Beach to get into an NHL contest, and it won’t be with the Hawks.

  8. SSHM makes a good point, it is the last year of Danault’s entry level deal.

    Frankly, either he makes the grade or he doesn’t. He will play about 1/2 a season this year and his results need to be taken with a grain of salt but the fact of the matter is this is a game of competition. There is always someone pushing for your spot and it’s incumbent on the organization to have players lined up to compete. Tanner Kero could fill the Danault role in Rockford this season and if he has a good year could pass him on the depth chart.

    Once these players get out of their entry level deals they get more expensive and the Blackhawks will be closely watching the $$ no matter what happens. Fact of life. This injury puts Danault behind the 8 ball but that’s the way it goes. Next man up, make sure you have a lot of depth. Hinostroza will get lots of ice too although he is a different style of player than Danault, as is Kero for that matter.

    Assuming they sign Kruger to a deal and want to keep him for a few years, Danault if healthy could well be trade bait come February. We’ll see.

  9. Well, seeing that Danault was the heir apparent to Kruger (at least according to all us internet experts), it’s a good thing that Kruger was again quoted (today) that he’s not worried about re-signing with the Hawks. No one but the Hawks and Kruger and his people know what kind of agreement they have but apparently Kruger is pretty certain it will get worked out.

    Bad news on Danault, but hopefully we won’t need Kruger’s replacement quite yet.

  10. @EB

    I don’t think its “us experts” as much as it was Stan and the company line to plant that seed for all of us to believe that Danault can fill the role.

    Its nice to have hockey things happening again. 1 month from today and the Hawks will be in southbend for training camp.

    Has anyone had the chance to attend @ ND before?

  11. SSHM,

    It’s a fun time, crowded, but cool to do at least once.

    Here’s one for you …

    Q: There’s a hundred guys in a room, one of them is a Notre Dame grad. Which one is it?

    A: He’ll let you know

  12. I give a lot of credit to Kruger for his patience and loyalty and understanding of the situation, can’t think of many athletes that would do what he is doing. Admittedly I am not as big a fan of his as others but I am glad he has been a Hawk, he does plays a very important role. Can’t wait to see how this roster ends up, still a lot of questions, obviously. Am sad about Denault wish him well. I am ready for football, so that must be obvious I am not a Bears fan. Closing, I still enjoy coming here for the information from all and for the entertainment, most of the time.

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